St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday (7) celebrates with Gerald Laird (13) after scoring on a base hit by Skip Schumaker (not pictured) during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 in Pittsburgh.(AP Photo/Don Wright) By Don Wright
St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday ducks to avoid a pitch from Milwaukee Brewers starter Shaun Marcum in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A moth got stuck deep in Matt Holliday's right ear, forcing the St. Louis Cardinals slugger out of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With two outs in the top of the eighth inning Monday night, Holliday walked off the field holding his ear. Cardinals trainer Barry Weinberg tried to assist the All-Star left fielder as he headed toward the dugout.
Team spokesman Brian Bartow says Holliday was taken into a dark room and trainers put a light by his ear to try to lure the moth out. That didn't work, so they used a utensil to get the moth, which was still alive, out of Holliday's ear.
Holliday was not available for comment after a 2-1 loss but appeared to be OK, Bartow said.
Holliday was replaced in left field by Corey Patterson.
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