Matt Holliday Injury: Updates on Cardinals LF's Back

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Matt Holliday Injury: Updates on Cardinals LF's Back
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St. Louis Cardinals star left fielder Matt Holliday hasn’t been himself in the 2012 postseason, and his back has been one of the main culprits.

UPDATE: Monday, October 22, 3:35 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

There was some doubt, but Matt Holliday will be in the Cardinals lineup for Game 7 on Monday night.

From the San Francisco Giants' official Twitter account:

Holliday has struggled in these playoffs, hitting just .222, but there's no question that the Cardinals, who have scored just one run over the past two games, need him in the lineup.

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UPDATE: Monday, October 22, 1:30 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

While the St. Louis Cardinals will need all hands on deck for their Game 7 matchup with the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS, star outfielder Matt Holliday is questionable with tightness in his back.

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Cardinals’ reporter for, Jenifer Langosch, is reporting on Twitter about Holliday’s back and what it could mean for his Game 7 status:

This is a huge blow to a St. Louis team that needs all the offensive help it can find. While the pitching staffs will be on full display in the series finale, the Cardinals' task of scoring runs off Giants ace Matt Cain may have just gotten even tougher.

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UPDATE: Monday, October 22 at 12:48 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

ESPN's Jim Bowden shed some light on Holliday's status with Monday's Game 7 approaching:

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Now with a shot to clinch a berth to the World Series tonight in Game 6 of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants, Holliday has been relegated to the bench.

On Sunday, the team decided to remove the right-handed slugger from the lineup roughly an hour before the first pitch due to his ongoing back issues, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Dispatch:  

Without Holliday manning the three-hole, the lineup has been reconfigured, according to Jenifer Langosch of

Holliday has really struggled thus far in the NLCS. He has collected a mere four hits in 21 at-bats with two RBI and one run scored. Through 12 postseason games he is hitting just .222.

With two chances to finish off the Giants, clearly the Cardinals brass believes the injury is significant enough to roll the dice without him in Game 6.

Matt Carpenter likely made the decision easier.

After taking over for an injured Carlos Beltran in Game 3, Carpenter hit a two-run homer in the third inning that was ultimately the fatal blow in a 3-1 win. He is currently hitting .333 in the postseason with three RBI. While he may not have the resume and postseason experience of Holliday, Carpenter is certainly a worthy replacement.

As for Holliday, now is the time to sound the alarm on his health moving forward. The Cards can ill-afford to lose him for the rest of the NLCS, let alone the World Series if St. Louis were to advance.

Check back with Bleacher Report for the latest information regarding one of the biggest developing stories of the MLB postseason.   

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