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Middle of Cardinals order still out of order

The news about Matt Holliday's injury is starting to not look very good.

Manager Tony La Russa told that Holliday's status is worse than what he would call day-to-day and the slugging left fielder is likely to be out at least a week.

A week may not sound like a big deal. But a strained rib cage muscle is an injury that tends to linger, so a week could easily linger into two weeks or more. And, more than a third of the way through March, that could be a problem. If he can't play for two weeks or more, suddenly Holliday's availability for opening day is going to be questionable.

As if that's not bad enough, Albert Pujols was unable to return to action yesterday as was originally expected.

Pujols' back stiffness has apparently lingered on and he may now be out for the rest of the week or longer, according to