ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday's painful season and postseason continued on Thursday night with another unlikely injury, and on Friday, the Cardinals replaced him on the World Series roster with rookie outfielder Adron Chambers, announcing the slugger suffered a sprained right wrist.
Holliday sustained what the Cardinals initially called a "severely bruised" right pinkie finger when he was picked off third base by Rangers catcher Mike Napoli in the sixth inning of Game 6. Holliday explained that third baseman Adrian Beltre stepped on the finger, causing some bleeding and leading him to worry initially that he might have a broken bone. Holliday was removed from the game in favor of Allen Craig.
"I thought it might be [broken]," Holliday said Thursday, though X-rays revealed that there was no break. "It was sore."
Asked about his availability for Friday, Holliday said, "I should be able to play."
Manager Tony La Russa, though, was less certain.
"I think it's swelling, and he's got a pretty good bruise there," La Russa said. "So it may be we need to replace him for tomorrow."
With Holliday off the roster, Craig could get the start in Game 7.
It's just the latest in a long line of frustrating ailments and injuries for Holliday, who has also had appendicitis, tendinitis in his right hand and a back strain that he suffered while preparing to lift weights.
Chambers, 25, has appeared in 10 games during the postseason, going 1-for-5 with two RBIs.
Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.