The Cardinals might have lost Matt Holliday for the season

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."

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.