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Report: Matt Holliday “doubtful” to return this season

Sep 19, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

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Bad news for the surging Cardinals.

A team source tells Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Matt Holliday‘s availability for the rest of the season is “doubtful.”

Holliday left last Tuesday’s game with tendon damage to the base of his right middle finger. Strauss hears that it’s a matter of pain tolerance right now, as Holliday has yet to resume swinging a bat since returning to St. Louis following the injury.

While Cardinals manager Tony La Russa didn’t have an update from the training staff prior to tonight’s game, he insisted that there is “no reason” to rush Holliday back into the starting lineup. It’s not clear what his availability might be if the Cardinals defy the odds and actually make the postseason, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be able to help them get there.

Allen Craig, who homered twice and doubled in last night’s win over the Phillies, should see the bulk of the playing time in left field for now.

  1. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Sep 20, 2011 at 1:09 AM

    While I love seeing Allen Craig get playing time, this is not the way I wanted it to go down. Nor the time. Please, Matty, come back. Come back!

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