Cards' McClellan to DL, Holliday could join him

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals placed right-hander Kyle McClellan on the disabled list and expect to place Matt Holliday on the DL, too.

McClellan, who is 6-2 with a 3.86 ERA, strained a hip flexor muscle in the first inning on Monday against the Giants and allowed seven runs in four innings.

The Cardinals recalled right-hander Lance Lynn from Triple-A Memphis to start Thursday against the Giants, giving the rest of the rotation an extra day of rest.

Holliday returned from a six-game absence with a left quadriceps injury Monday but was a lineup scratch on Tuesday, striking out as a pinch hitter. He leads the National League with a .342 average, and has six homers and 31 RBIs.

Holliday remained on the roster Wednesday night against the Giants, partly because St. Louis couldn't get a replacement player in time.