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Second baseman expects to play in Game 2

BOSTON -- St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Tony Womack was knocked out of the World Series opener Saturday by a hard grounder that hit him in the left collarbone, but he wasn't seriously hurt and expects to play in Game 2.

"Unless the skip doesn't want me in, I'll be ready," he said.

Womack was struck by David Ortiz's bad-hop grounder, which was ruled an infield RBI single and put the Red Sox ahead 9-7 in the seventh inning. He grimaced as trainer Barry Weinberg checked on him for a few minutes on the field, and he then walked off for
precautionary X-rays. Marlon Anderson replaced Womack in the lineup.

"I had no feeling in my fingers," Womack said. "So I didn't know what to think."

Manager Tony La Russa was relieved.

"He's very sore, but the first X-ray they took, there was not a break," La Russa said.

Womack also left Game 6 of the NL Championship Series after three innings because of lower back spasms.

The leadoff hitter all season, Womack batted seventh in the lineup in Game 7 of the NLCS and Game 1 of the World Series because of concerns he might not make it through an entire game.

He said his back was getting better every day and that he felt good enough to resume leadoff duties. Edgar Renteria has batted first in his place for the last two games.