HOUSTON -- The Cardinals had to make do without two of their most essential offensive players on Wednesday night, as Matt Holliday and Rafael Furcal remained unavailable due to injuries suffered earlier in the week.
Holliday aggravated an inflamed tendon in his right hand on Tuesday night and was removed from the Cardinals' win over the Astros. He was considered unavailable, though manager Tony La Russa indicated that in the direst of extra-inning emergencies, Holliday could conceivably see some time on the field.
The Cardinals left fielder and cleanup hitter would thus likely be out for a potential one-game tiebreaker in St. Louis on Thursday as well.
"If we were out of players, he'd go out there and grin and bear it," La Russa said, "but I put him down as not available. I think it would be doubtful for tomorrow."
Furcal, who is dealing with a left hamstring injury, was also considered off limits for Wednesday's game. And, like Holliday, his availability for potential games beyond Wednesday remains in question.