Cardinals manager Tony La Russa often likes to mix things up with his lineups — he has, in the past, batted his pitcher eighth — but for Game 3 against the Phillies this afternoon in St. Louis, he’s gone pretty traditional:
Holliday took three swings Saturday during the Cardinals 11-6 loss in Game 1 in Philadelphia and experienced pain severe enough to cause him to scream through at least one of the swings.
The Cardinals are considering whether to disable Holliday, but if they do so, he would be ineligible to return until the World Series.
Of course, St. Louis would have to get there before they’d have to worry about that. In the meantime they are essentially playing with a 24-man roster.