Thursday, October 27, 2011 Updated: October 28, 1:30 PM ET
Nelson Cruz has groin strain
By Richard Durrett ESPNDallas.com
ST. LOUIS -- Not only did the Texas Rangers lose Game 6 of the World Series in painful fashion, but two of their biggest offensive weapons were injured.
The Cardinals may have lost Matt Holliday, too.
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz suffered a strained right groin in his final at-bat of the St. Louis Cardinals' 10-9, 11-inning victory Thursday night.
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Cruz is listed as day to day. He did not take the field in the bottom of the 11th after hurting himself while flying out to lead off the top of the inning.
Asked if he would play in Game 7, Cruz said, "Yeah."
Manager Ron Washington said his pinch-hitting choice of Esteban German in the 11th for Scott Feldman was because he had just found out about the Cruz injury. Washington was thinking about Yorvit Torrealba, but went with German so he could go in the outfield for Cruz.
"Cruz sort of hurt his groin a little bit, and I didn't want to take the chance and run him back out there," Washington said. "I haven't had anything from the medical department as to the seriousness of it, but we'll just have to wait and see how everything is tomorrow."
X-rays on catcher Mike Napoli's left ankle were negative. Napoli rolled the ankle while going into second base awkwardly in the fourth inning. He remained in the game after being examined by the team trainer.
"Napoli is fine," Washington said.
That doesn't appear to be the case with Holliday, who has been banged up a lot this season.
Holliday wandered too far off third base in the sixth inning. Napoli leaped from his crouch and fired a throw down the line, and Adrian Beltre slapped the tag on while guarding the base with his foot. Holliday's right hand bent at an awkward angle, and he was called out on the play.
Holliday said after that game he'll be ready Friday, but manager Tony La Russa was more cautious.
"We thought at first he had fractured it, but I was told by the trainer later that it's not a fracture," La Russa said. "I think it's swelling and he's got a pretty good bruise there. So it may be we need to replace him tomorrow."
Both Cruz and Napoli are having historic postseasons.
Cruz hit his eighth home run of these playoffs Thursday, a solo shot that gave the Rangers a 6-4 lead in the seventh inning, to tie Barry Bonds and Carlos Beltran for most homers in a single postseason.
Napoli drove in his 10th run of the World Series with his fourth-inning single. Only two players have more RBIs in a single World Series: New York Yankees teammates Bobby Richardson (12) and Mickey Mantle (11) in 1960.
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.