As the Cardinals continue to their run at the National League Wild Card, their degree of difficulty keeps getting higher. A day after losing Rafael Furcal to a hamstring injury, Matt Holliday was removed from Tuesday night's game against the Astros because of pain in his right hand.

Manager Tony La Russa said that Holliday will not start Wednesday's series finale against Houston, but he would not speculate beyond that. The discomfort is apparently a recurrence of, or related to, an injury Holliday dealt with earlier this month. He missed nine games due to an inflamed tendon in his right hand.

"I don't know what this means, beyond [Allen] Craig is playing left field [Wednesday]," manager Tony La Russa said. "But it's not good news."