ST. LOUIS -- When the pain in Matt Holliday's right wrist kept him from sleeping Thursday night, he knew the news on Friday morning wouldn't be good. It wasn't. Holliday was removed from the Cardinals' World Series roster on Friday in favor of Adron Chambers due to a sprained right wrist.
Holliday and manager Tony La Russa both said the injury would have landed Holliday on the 15-day disabled list if it had occurred during the regular season. He sustained it when he rolled his wrist while sliding into third base on a pickoff play in the sixth inning of Thursday night's Game 6 win. Holliday also felt his right pinkie finger stepped on, but by Friday morning that was the smaller issue.
"As the night went on, my wrist started bothering me pretty bad, to the point where I couldn't sleep," he said. "So I talked to Greg [Hauck, head athletic trainer] earlier this morning and said I thought I should get it looked at. And they found some pretty substantial inflammation in there."
Holliday wore a soft cast on his wrist as he spoke with reporters and estimated that it would be removed in a couple of days. Still, there was no doubt that he could not play on Friday. The Commissioner's Office must approve roster moves for injuries during the World Series.
"It's difficult when you have to [remove] one of your core guys," La Russa said. "But in a situation like this, the evaluation is what can he provide to you if he plays, pinch-running? I mean, you really couldn't put him out there if he can't swing the bat. Once we knew the extent of the sprain, we had to [take him out]."