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Cardinals' Holliday could miss entire NLDS

Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:16 am
Matt Holliday

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday will have his hand examined in St. Louis on Monday and may not be able to play in the National League division series against the Phillies, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

2011 playoffs

Holliday missed the first two games of the NLDS with a strained tendon in his right palm. After taking batting practice before Saturday's game, Holliday didn't take batting practice on Sunday. Holliday has declined taking a cortisone shot, fearing it would hurt his chances to play, but has used a cortisone cream and received acupuncture.

"I left that (left field) spot open until it was confirmed as yes or now. And quickly the answer was no," La Russa told Strauss. "So I don't know about Tuesday. I know right now I'm more concerned than I was before (Saturday's) game because he took an at-bat and he did had soreness when he swung."

The Cardinals placed Holliday on the 25-man roster for the NLDS hoping he'd be able to play, but if he's replaced now, he would not be eligible for the next round of the playoffs.

"Obviously, when we put our roster together (Saturday) morning, we were optimistic he would be further along," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told the newspaper. "But I"m not prepared to say we may have to make a roster move at this point."

The Cardinals have used Lance Berkman in left field in Holliday's position, while using Allen Craig in right.

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: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 9:25 pm

Cardinals' Holliday could miss entire NLDS

Whether or not the Cards overpaid for Holliday is not the problem, that money is gone and teams overpay for players all of the time. If his hand is injured he most likely wouldn't swing the bat very well anyway, and better to have someone healthy in there than an injured Holliday who would most likely be flinching everytime he swung anyway. The Cards have been doing a good job without him, and can continue to down the road.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 7:48 pm

Cardinals' Holliday could miss entire NLDS

Like Holliday, but the Cards paid far too much for his services. It's inconceivable that they would be willing to pay so much for Holliday, who is a defensive nightmare, yet let Albert walk away. As far as his hand injury....this isn't a recreational softball league. Those who post this stuff obvioulsy have never held a bat and attempted to hit a 100 mph fastball. Batting is difficult enough already, but trying to hit with a hand injury makes it very difficult. Remember Lance Berkman? Yes, Holliday could probably play, but at what benefit? It does little good to go 0-4 just to say you were in the lineup. If he doesn't feel like he can hit effectively, then he shouldn't play....period. His value to the lineup is 100% offensive. He provides no advantage over another player in the field. Do you think that Matt is looking for some way out of playing?

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:57 pm

Cardinals' Holliday could miss entire NLDS

During the offseason the Cards need some more starting pitching and a closer,trading Holliday who has been injury prone in his career would not only help but also free up money to sign Albert. I'd rather have Pujols than Holliday...wouldn't you?

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:06 pm

Cardinals' Holliday could miss entire NLDS

Karma?  I had a lifetime of respect for Tony LaRussa and Cards fans but I must admit that my respect for LaRussa has waned over the past couple of years.  That being said, the Cardinal faithful have followed the fearless leader right off the edge this year in regards to the Brewers. 

Constant crying, semi-shady game strategies and a fan base that has lapped up and engaged every minute of it.  

(Wagging finger in air....)  

That's karma.  

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 5:35 pm

Cardinals' Holliday could miss entire NLDS

Hey Trent,

How about editing your article. Spell check is a great tool. You're a professional. This article is crap and needs to be pulled and edited. 

Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: October 3, 2011 4:20 pm

Cardinals' Holliday could miss entire NLDS

17 Million a year Daaactor........ nuff' said!

Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: October 3, 2011 4:16 pm

Cardinals' Holliday could miss entire NLDS

WOW, Tiger. You really want to draw this analogy? To compare the games, or in this case, the athletes that play them?

I never said that baseball players are lacking in effort. I never suggested that the game isn't somewhat "physical" at times. But for you to compare the occasional  running "through" a wall to catch a fly ball or barrel over a catcher blocking the plate.... a flip into the seats after a foul ball or tumble into the visitor's dugout. Or the shortstop or second baseman, who takes a throw at second base intently firing to first for a double play knowing he's going to get cart wheeled by the runner charging into second, to the sometimes brutal sports of football or hockey is in my opinion, way off base. (pardon the pun)

My point was that as a group,  baseball players end up on the shelf fairly easily. 

Come on.....Holliday was swinging a bat in the on deck circle, man!

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 4:10 pm

Cardinals' Holliday could miss entire NLDS

'99 Rams & Sponge:

Your ill-informed bashing is SO unfortunate.  Do you NOT recall Matt Holliday returning to the line-up LESS THAN A WEEK after appendectomy at the very beginning of the season?   Moreover, despite being smitten with multiple serious injuries, many of the completely freakish variety, he has literally rehabed himself well ahead of schedule every time!   Remember August 22, when a moth flew deep into his ear during a game?   Are you kidding me?   And do you have ANY understanding of the stress upon the hands of a player with the type of bat speed as Holliday?   This is a player that has come through a season during which he hs been literally snake bitten with terrible luck, and yet he keeps on coming back over and again like a CHAMPION!   It seems to me that your sentiment is exactly the opposite of the real truth!

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