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Holliday won't be in Cardinals' Game 3 lineup

Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:06 am
 
Matt Holliday

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Matt Holliday won't start Game 3 of the NL divisional series on Tuesday for the Cardinals, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Holliday has been limited to a single pinch-hit appearance, but the strained tendon in his right hand will keep him out of Tuesday's lineup. Holliday visited a hand specialist on Monday and didn't swing the bat, Strauss writes. Holliday underwent an MRI on Monday.

2011 playoffs

"It's more fun to be half full than half empty, but in this case it's tougher to be optimistic because he did feel significant pain in his one at-bat," La Russa told the newspaper. "We're kind of crossing our fingers, and I hope it's good news. But I don't know."

The team is not ready to disable Holiday, because doing so during the series would make him ineligible for the next round of the playoffs.

Holliday was used at as a pinch hitter in Game 1, striking out to end the game. He stood in the on-deck circle in Game 2, but La Russa admitted afterward he was just a decoy and was not going to hit.

The outfielder has been burdened by the injury since the last week of the season and was removed from a game in Houston on Aug. 26 because of pain in his hand when he tried to throw the ball.

Holliday hit .296/.388/.525 with 22 home runs and 75 RBI in an injury-filled 2011. Holliday needed an emergency appendectomy in the first week of the season, but missed just seven games, avoiding the disabled list. He struggled with a quad injury in May and June before finally going on the disabled list on June 1. And then in August, he had to leave a game after a moth flew into his ear. HIs latest injury came late in the season while swinging, but he had to leave last Monday's game with the Astros because he couldn't throw the ball without pain and hasn't started a game since.

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Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Holliday won't be in Cardinals' Game 3 lineup

Actually, I have and it left Shea Stadium.  



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Holliday won't be in Cardinals' Game 3 lineup

If they disable him he will not be available for the next round, if they make it
Have you ever hit a 90+ mph fastball with an injured hand, I doubt it
I imagine it would be extremely painful and he probably woul foul at least one off, so its not just one per at bat



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Holliday won't be in Cardinals' Game 3 lineup

While I respect the guy's grit, this is the postseason, and maybe it's better that he's out.  We don't need any more routine fly balls bouncing off his thighs with the game on the line.



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Holliday won't be in Cardinals' Game 3 lineup

Tape it up you big pussy!  Take this clown off the post-season roster already!


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