Holliday might be limited to bench role in NLDS

Holliday might be limited to bench role in NLDS

Holliday might be limited to bench role in NLDS
PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Holliday was included on the Cardinals' active roster for their National League Division Series against the Phillies, but the Cards' usual cleanup hitter was not in the starting lineup for Game 1. That could be a common occurrence as the series goes on.

Manager Tony La Russa left open the possibility that Holliday might not start any games in the series, instead coming off the bench. Holliday is dealing with tendinitis in the middle finger of his right hand, a painful condition that limits him both hitting and throwing.

"Yesterday, he could throw, which was an improvement," La Russa said Saturday. "He took limited swings, enough to where we were sure he could pinch-hit. He's going to have much more workout today. If he comes up with a real positive outcome, you may consider him [to start in Sunday's Game 2]. If he's a little bit better but still hurting, you have to wait until Tuesday. I think it's possible he could pinch-hit the whole series."

Holliday did not hit on the field prior to Saturday's game.