Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Matt Holliday will play in Game 4
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday took full batting practice Wednesday, pronounced himself "good to go" and will start in left field as the St. Louis Cardinals try to stay alive in their NL Division Series against Philadelphia.
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Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said the decision was "Matt's call" as to whether he was fit enough to play in Game 4 Wednesday night. The Phillies lead the series 2-1.
"I'm good enough," Holliday said. "I can help the team in some way. That's all I'm trying to do."
Holliday has made only one appearance in the playoffs because of an inflamed tendon in his right middle finger, striking out as a pinch hitter to end Game 1.
La Russa said Holliday was in a lot of pain after the final swing, and he met with a specialist and underwent an MRI exam Monday.
Information from ESPN.com senior writer Jayson Stark was used in this report.