ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Veteran slugger Matt Holliday left the field early Thursday after being hit in the face by a pitch. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the outfielder stood in with a man on first and two out. He worked a 2-2 count from Andrew Cashner, but the fifth pitch of the at bat, a 95 mile per hour fastball, ran up and in.
Holliday tried to pull back, and managed to get his head mostly out of danger. The pitch clipped his nose and upper lip, however, and he spun away from the plate holding his face.
As trainers rushed out of the dugout, blood began to run from the 35-year-old's nose. Though he fell to the ground, he later stood under his own power and composed himself, eventually walking off without assistance. He was followed into the clubhouse the medical staff and Manager Mike Matheny, receiving an ovation from the home town crowd.
Despite how frightening the incident looked, the Cardinals announced Holliday did not have a fracture. The team classified the injury as an "abrasion to the nose and upper lip," and listed their veteran outfielder as day-to-day.
Jeremy Hazelbaker replaced Holliday in left field, committing an error to begin the seventh inning that allowed Ryan Schimpf to reach base and later score.