Outfielder Matt Holliday missed his second consecutive game because of a neck injury that has been diagnosed as a pinched nerve. The pain radiates from his lower neck.

The left fielder intended to take swings late Wednesday evening to be ready if needed for a pinch-hit plate appearance later in that night’s game but he wasn’t needed. He said that the stiffness in his neck had relented and he hoped to return to the lineup as early as tonight.

Holliday received treatment at the ballpark and has not yet needed to go elsewhere to have the soreness evaluated or treated.

“He hasn’t been able to have the rotation that he needs to have in order to even get turned around and face the pitcher,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “As much as he improved it seems that things are headed in a good direction.”

WAINWRIGHT HONORED

While the rest of the rotation sputtered through June, ace Adam Wainwright surged to the league’s Pitcher of the Month award. Wainwright received the honor from Major League Baseball on Wednesday after going 4-2 with a 1.77 ERA in six starts during the month. Wainwright led the NL with 452/3 innings in the month., and he became the league’s second 11-game winner this past Saturday with a complete game against Oakland.

The Pitcher of the Month award is the first of Wainwright’s career and the first for a Cardinals pitcher since Carpenter won it in August 2009.