The Cardinals lost a heartbreaker to the Cubs on Thursday night and lost one of their most important players for an extended period – perhaps for the rest of the season.
Matt Holliday suffered a fractured right thumb when he was hit by a pitch in the top of the 10th inning and is headed to the disabled list. He will know more about his timetable after he visits a hand specialist.
"Those affect seasons," Holliday said, per the team’s website. "It’s super disappointing [to get hurt]. But it’s part of the sport, unfortunately."
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When asked if he thought his season is over, though, Holliday said, “I doubt it.”
In 107 games this season, Holliday is hitting .242/.318/.450 with 19 homers and 60 RBI. His loss will be a big one, especially considering the team already has nine players on the DL.
The Cubs won the game 4-3 in 11 innings, extending their lead to a whopping 13 games over the second-place Cardinals in the NL Central. St. Louis is just a half-game back it the race for the second NL wild card, but health has become a major issue.