ST. LOUIS — Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia is likely to make his next start Thursday against the White Sox, getting two extra days to recover from a groin cramp he sustained running the bases.
St. Louis, which leads the majors with a 50-24 record, has a day off Monday and manager Mike Matheny said he'll use Lance Lynn and John Lackey on regular rest ahead of Garcia.
Garcia is 3-3 with a 1.69 ERA in seven starts coming off thoracic outlet surgery. He allowed a run in seven innings his last outing Wednesday in Miami, but was injured scoring a run in the eighth.
Outfielder Matt Holliday, on the 15-day disabled list with a right quad strain since June 9, took batting practice for the second straight day Sunday and said he could begin running early this week.
Holliday said he'd attend the All-Star Game if voted in, but wasn't sure about a target date for his return.