St. Louis Cardinals

Garcia scratched from start Tuesday; Holliday hits outside for first time since injury

Left-hander Jaime Garcia will miss his scheduled start Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox as he continues to experience discomfort in his left groin.

Garcia (3-3, 1.69 ERA) was supposed to throw a bullpen Saturday in preparation for the assignment, but that, too, was postponed. Lance Lynn will pitch on regular rest Tuesday against the White Sox.

“We’ll just re-evaluate Jaime,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “This all just happened not too long ago when we decided to take him down. ... A lot of it is going to be what the trainers see and feel with Jaime as they continue to do treatment.”

Matheny doesn’t yet know whether Garcia will be delayed a day or two or perhaps miss a turn. He could throw a bullpen Sunday and be available to pitch Wednesday, but if he is unavailable to pitch, John Lackey will work on regular rest Wednesday.

Matheny doesn’t believe Garcia’s injury is serious, but Garcia has an extensive medical history that can’t be ignored. He injured the groin Wednesday in Miami as he scored from second on a base hit by Matt Carpenter.

“It doesn’t appear to be (serious),” Matheny said. “Everything I was hearing (Friday) was pretty positive. It could have just been something more precautionary (Saturday).”

Garcia told reporters Saturday that he would be available to talk about his situation, but the meeting never occurred as Garcia spent much of his time in the training room.

Holliday hits outdoors

Left fielder Matt Holliday (strained right quad) took outdoor batting practice Saturday for the first time since his injury June 8 in Colorado.

Holliday had little to offer as he exited the field and brushed past reporters.

“No update,” he said.

Matheny offered a little more.

“We’ll just keep watching how he goes day by day,” he said. “The next couple of days, you’re going to see him running a little bit. That will be a good way to test where we are. After that, we’ll be a little closer to having an idea how long (his absence) is going to be.”

Scruggs plays

Xavier Scruggs started at first base and batted Saturday as the Cardinals went with his experience against Cubs starter Donn Roach, who had spent most of his season at Class AAA Iowa. Scruggs has been with Class AAA Memphis for most of the year.

“He and (Greg) Garcia both have seen him. That’s going to give us a little bit of an idea,” Matheny said. “But we also have some video. Guys got a pretty good look (at Roach).”

Roach, who pitched for San Diego last season, was 7-1 with a 2.29 ERA at Iowa.

Garcia still waiting

Garcia, who hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning Friday, still had not received the ball Saturday. Garcia was hopeful of having it before Sunday.

The fan who retrieved the home run by Garcia, the first in his big-league career, agreed to give it to the Cardinals rookie for a signed baseball.

Garcia said Saturday that he had difficulty falling asleep Friday night after the Cardinals’ 3-2 win. He watched replays of his home run on television and was still on Cloud 9 on Saturday.

“Every time somebody hits a home run, they should be the most excited guy in the stadium,” Matheny said. “Most of the time, I think guys are real good at suppressing it. But there was no doubt he was the most excited guy in the stadium (Friday). He couldn’t help but show it, and I think that brought the dugout to another level, too. They couldn’t wait to be there to celebrate with him. ... By the time he got to first base, he couldn’t wait to get back in here.

“And then the fans responding like they did, and (Garcia) able to get a curtain call, that’s priceless stuff. He was pretty jazzed about the whole thing.”

Matheny on Sandberg

Matheny expressed regret about the circumstances that led to Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg resigning as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

“I have a lot of respect for Ryne, obviously as a player and as a manager, too,” Matheny said. “It’s a tough spot going on over there. I hurt for him because I know it’s no fun to be put in that situation.”

Since Matheny took over as the Cardinals manager before the 2012 season, 22 managers have been fired or resigned.

“Volatile spot,” Matheny said. “I get it. I get it. I figure I’ve got to practice what I preach: control what I can control and do what I can to help this club. I realize that is part of the business I haven’t been too subjected to. Obviously, I haven’t had the experience myself. But I just want to keep focusing on what I’m doing.”

Contact reporter David Wilhelm at dwilhelm@bnd.com or 618-239-2665. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidMWilhelm.

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