By Matt Snyder
The injury woes for the NL Central continue to mount, this time to the division-leading Cardinals. Left fielder Matt Holliday and starting pitcher Kyle McClellan will be placed on the disabled list Thursday, according to general manager John Mozeliak (Derrick Gould via Twitter).
Holliday has played sparingly since suffering a quadriceps injury about a week and a half ago, last getting a pinch-hit appearance Monday. He underwent an MRI Wednesday, and apparently the Cardinals didn't like what they saw. He's a huge part of one of the NL's strongest offenses, as he hits between sluggers Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman. Holliday is hitting an NL-best .342 with 31 RBI, 31 runs and a .975 OPS. With Holliday down, look for John Jay to start in left field while Berkman sticks in right. Of course, there's always the possibility that Tony La Russa will put Pujols at third, Berkman at first, Jay in right and Allen Craig in left.
McClellan finally got his shot to start this season due to Adam Wainwright's injury, and he hasn't disappointed. He's 6-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. He has scuffled a bit in the past month but was still productive at times. He has a hip injury and is expected to be out until the middle of June. Lance Lynn will get the start for the Cardinals on Thursday. Lynn, 24, is 5-3 with a 4.06 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 62 innings for Triple-A Memphis.
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