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Matt Holliday looking doubtful for remainder of Phillies series

Oct 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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As the Cardinals return to St. Louis following last night’s series-evening comeback win Matt Holliday will have his hand injury examined by doctors after being on the bench for the first two games against the Phillies.

Holliday was able to appear as a pinch-hitter in Game 1, but struck out on three pitches and Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that his chances of starting the final three games of the NLDS “appears to be diminishing rather than progressing as the club hoped when it placed him on the playoff roster.”

Strauss writes that manager Tony La Russa delayed posting the Game 2 lineup in the hopes Holliday could play, but he wasn’t able to take batting practice and “nagging issues with tendon at the base of his right middle finger are worsening.”

Removing him from the roster is an option that would allow the Cardinals to add another player for the remainder of the series, but doing so would also make Holliday ineligible for the NLDS if they advance. In the meantime Strauss reports that Holliday refused a cortisone injection because he thought it would make him unavailable for multiple days anyway.

Allen Craig will continue to fill in for Holliday, which is a pretty nice luxury for the Cardinals to have.

  1. cintiphil - Oct 3, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    I have been watching the games as much as I can. In watching the Cards games, I don’t think they miss Holliday much with this guy Craig in the game. He seems to be a monster hitter. If I were TLR, I would leave him in the game.

  2. paperlions - Oct 3, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Injured Holliday on roster >>>>>>>>>>>>> Corey Patterson on roster

  3. astrozac - Oct 3, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    LaRussa didn’t want him on the roster, Mozeliak overruled him to put Holliday on…

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