ST. LOUIS -- After a followup exam on Matt Holliday's troublesome right hand, there is "no change" in the outfielder's status, according to general manager John Mozeliak.
That is to say, that as of Monday night at least, Holliday remains on the club's roster for the National League Division Series against the Phillies. He is available to pinch-hit when the pain in his hand permits it, but there is no avoiding the fact that the pain is significant.
Holliday, who is dealing with tendinitis in his right middle finger, pinch-hit in Saturday's Game 1 but did not appear in Game 2 on Sunday.
"I'm always half-full versus half-empty, so that should be the answer," manager Tony La Russa said on Monday afternoon. "But he had quite a bit of pain and discomfort in that one at-bat, so that's not a good sign."
By rule, the Cardinals would be permitted to remove Holliday from the Division Series roster and replace him with a healthy player. However, if they were to do that, they would also forfeit his services were they to advance to the NL Championship Series. In such a scenario, Holliday could be reinstated for a potential World Series appearance.