(BaseballStL) -- Now would not be the time for the St. Louis Cardinals to lose their hottest hitter. But it appears it might be the case after Matt Holliday injured his ankle in the tenth inning of a 4-3 14-inning victory over the division-leading Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.
Holliday, who went 2-for-4 to extend his hit streak to 10 games, injured his ankle when he slipped making his way back to first base on what appeared to be a fake pickoff move by Pirates catcher Russell Martin. He would remain in the game after testing the ankle with a trainer present after the play.
After advancing to second base with the score tied, he would be pulled back in favor of more speed from pinch-runner Joe Kelly.
“It looked like he was really favoring it and didn’t want to take a chance,” manager Mike Matheny said. “Also, trying to go for the win right there.”
It was determined Holliday suffered a mild ankle sprain on the play, but X-Rays taken came back negative.
Matheny said the team will check how Holliday feels on Wednesday before determining the extent of the injury.