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Matt Holliday is “good enough” to play through hand injury, rejoins Cardinals lineup tonight

Oct 5, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

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Matt Holliday is still bothered by the inflamed tendon in his right hand, but the Cardinals outfielder tested the injury during batting practice this afternoon and has decided to play tonight against the Phillies.

Holliday told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he took “a numbing agent … like a dentist gives” in order to play through the pain and is “good enough to help the team in some way.”

Holliday was out of the lineup for the first three games of the NLDS and struck out as a pinch-hitter in Game 1. His return means Skip Schumaker will start at second base, with Ryan Theriot moving to the bench. It also means Allen Craig will be on the bench after playing so well whenever he’s gotten an opportunity this season, which is why letting a banged-up Holliday talk his way into the lineup is a risk for manager Tony La Russa.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Oct 5, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    This is good news for the Phillies. With Holliday’s hand issue, throwing the ball from the outfield will be a major issue. Defensively, the Cards take a hit with Holliday starting.

  2. Phillies Homer - Oct 5, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Not too mention its getting Craig and Theriot out of the lineup. What is Theriot batting this series… .800????

  3. xmatt0926x - Oct 5, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    I guess we are tempting the baseball gods to strike us down but I agree that this may not be bad news at all for the Phillies. Allen Craig looks like a pretty good player so I may take an injured Holliday playing against the Phillies instead. Of course Holliday will now likely hit 2 homeruns.

  4. paperlions - Oct 5, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Craig is only hitting .100 for the series, obviously it is time to bench him

    • somekat - Oct 5, 2011 at 5:23 PM

      Taking out Puljos and Theriot (who is getting benched, apparently), there is nobody on your team batting above .250, except ofr Furcal who is batting .286 with the exact same OBP (Horrible for a leadoff man, and about .090 less than Craig’s OBP). Unless you are planning on benching 6 guys tonight, I think you are making too much out of 3 games against GREAT pitchers

      • paperlions - Oct 5, 2011 at 5:52 PM

        That was small sample-size based sarcasm.

        Craig is getting benched because he is RH and so is Oswalt…no idea why an iffy Holliday is better than a healthy Craig….but that is why Jay and Skip and Furcal are in the lineup tonight and not Theriot or Craig….I’m just amazed that Descalso isn’t in there instead of Freese.

        Hopefully, it all works out.

      • nolanwiffle - Oct 6, 2011 at 9:09 AM

        It worked out.

  5. somekat - Oct 5, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Holladay is a big name for a reason, and all things being equal, is by far the first choice of anyone the Cards can trot out there. However, all things are not equal. Holladay has a bad hand, and could not only have trouble throwing the ball, but turning on a fast ball (won’t be Brad Lidge *aka the man with no fastball* pitching tonight) while hitting. Add to that the fact that Theriot is batting .667, including a few clutch RBI hits, I’ll take that trade as a Phillies fan.

    I can see keeping him on the roster, but with as well as his replacements have played this series, I would leave him out and let them do their thing. If they can get to the NLCS, he could be available then. Seems to me like another instance of TLR’s need to tinker. Worked OK in game 2, not so well in game 3. I guess we’ll see in game 4

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