David Freese is going on the disabled list. Jason Motte, no doubt, also. But Matt Holiday will not be following them and probably not Carlos Beltran, either.

While Cardinals third baseman Freese (sore lower back) and closer Motte (sore elbow) aren’t going to be playing again until at least several days into April, left fielder Holliday, who was a late scratch for Tuesday’s game, is not seriously hurt. And right fielder Beltran apparently suffered no ill effects from his first Cardinals game since Feb. 28 when he suffered a hairline fracture of the little toe on his right foot after being hit by a pitch.

Manager Mike Matheny said Holliday, in fact, had put on one of the best batting-practice shows he had seen before the Cardinals beat the New York Mets 11-4 on Tuesday.

“He was launching balls all over the place,” said Matheny.

But he felt a little tug in his left rib-cage area and was waved off from playing by the training staff. Both Matheny and Holliday called the move precautionary, however.

“He could have played,” said Matheny. “He knows that I don’t like to push them when they feel something. I’m real proud of the fact he was honest with me. But I’m not concerned.”

The weather was cool and very windy and Matheny said that was another reason not to employ Holliday.

As for Beltran, the veteran played six innings in the field, got a hit and stole a base. “He promised me that he was really fine,” said Matheny.

“He ran really hard on the first ground ball (he hit) and he turned around and smiled at me.”