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Injured Holliday hopes to play Game 7

Posted on: October 28, 2011 4:02 am
ST. LOUIS -- Slumping Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday left Busch Stadium following Game 6 with his right pinky finger encased in a splint and with his Game 7 status questionable.

"I should be able to play," he said.

The injury occurred when Holliday dove back into third base while getting picked off in the sixth inning. Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre "stepped right on" the finger, Holliday said, catching part of it with a spike.

"It bled a little bit," Holliday said.

And, he noted, "It's pretty swollen."

"We thought at first he had fractured it," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "But I was told by the trainer later on that it's not a fracture.

"I think there's swelling, and he's got a pretty good bruise there. So it may be we need to replace him tomorrow."

Holliday said the biggest issue with it will be whether he can properly grip a bat. Already, he's been nursing tendinitis near the base of the middle finger in his right hand.

Though Holliday says that's better now than it was at season's end, and though La Russa predicted big things from him in Game 6 and/or 7, he's hitting just .158 in this World Series and was dropped from fourth to fifth in the lineup by La Russa in Game 6. Before leaving in the sixth, Holliday walked twice and reached on first baseman Michael Young's fielding error.

If Holliday cannot go in Game 7, Allen Craig likely would play left field in his place.

Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:18 pm

Injured Holliday hopes to play Game 7

As a Braves fan, I am pulling for neither team, although St. Louis has grown on me.

If St. Louis has any heart, they BREAK both of Holliday's legs so this slumping, error-ridden, double-play hitting non-performer CAN'T get anywhere near the field.  Let Craig try to help the Cards win.....

Painfully spoken, go Cards.....

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:32 am

Injured Holliday hopes to play Game 7

I hate to so it, but I think MOST of Cardinal Nation is thinking the same thing!  You're a great player Holliday, but you've been slumping and maybe it's your "tendinitis", now this finger thing.  Let Craig take you're place for game 7 and be a pinch hitter off the bench.  Craig is a better defender and right now, he's a better hitter.  Holliday is a HUGE part of why we're here, but for the betterment of the team, take a seat old friend and let Craig start on Friday night!!!  GO CARDS!

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