ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 17: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium on June 17, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Royals beat the Cardinals 5-3 in 15 innings. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Matt Holliday Injury: St. Louis Cardinals DH Star Slugger In Interleague Bout

The St. Louis Cardinals will have to be careful with Matt Holliday—their star slugger is suffering from a hip flexor issue.

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St. Louis Cardinals DH Matt Holliday As American League Stint Begins

The St. Louis Cardinals make their first trip to the American League of 2012 Tuesday night, and now that we have their lineup for Game 1 vs. the Detroit Tigers, we know the answer to the ultimate interleague question: Who do you DH? For Tuesday night, at least, the Cardinals have settled on Matt Holliday as their designated hitter. Holliday left Sunday's extra-innings marathon with a hip flexor issue, and seems somewhere between healthy and day-to-day based on manager Mike Matheny's defensive-replacement routine over the last few games.

The Cardinals have a number of injured and injury-prone sluggers currently on the active roster, and all of them are likely to get DH time as a means of resting their shaky legs; in addition to Holliday, Carlos Beltran, dealing with knee soreness, and Allen Craig, recovering from a hamstring strain, are likely to see at-bats there.

That means the primary beneficiary of the extra at-bats won't be spending time at DH—it's Matt Adams, who'll get regular time at first base while all this is going on. Stuck in a bench role since Craig returned, Adams is hitting .257/.304/.419 with two home runs and 13 RBI since being called up a month ago.

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Matt Holliday Injury: Cardinals LF Leaves Sunday's Game Early

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday left Sunday's game in the ninth inning, and according to manager Mike Matheny, the reason was a leg-related injury. According to Joe Strauss, that's all that is known about Holliday's condition at this point.

Related: What's gotten into Lance Lynn?

Holliday was having a nice day up until his departure: he collected a pair of hits, including a home run. The Cardinals lost 5-3 to Kansas City in 15 innings.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit St. Louis Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos, and for more general baseball coverage head over to Baseball Nation.

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