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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Matt Holliday ruled out; Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz battle injuries going in to World Series Game 7


Mike Napoli turned his ankle at second base in the fourth inning of Game 6. (Jeff Roberson / AP)

UPDATE (2:05 p.m.): St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday will not play in Friday’s Game 7 after he injured his right hand diving back to third base in the sixth inning of Game 6. Rookie Adron Chambers will replace Holliday on the active roster. Chambers is just 1 for 5 with two RBIs in the postseason.

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Injured St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers players are expected to be available tonight for Game 7 of the World Series in St. Louis.

Because the game is in a National League park, there’s no designated hitter and they’ll have to play in the field.

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is uncertain. Holliday simultaneously injured his pinky — and his pride — when he was picked off third base with the bases loaded in the sixth inning of Game 6 Thursday night. (In the fourth inning, he failed to catch a fly ball — one of two errors that contributed to the Texas Rangers taking a 3-2 lead. That was offset by a slide that took out Ian Kinsler and led to the Cardinals’ third run.)

Holliday said Thursday that “I should be able to play” in Game 7, but if he cannot, Allen Craig would be his replacement.

Holliday has had an odd season, injury-wise. He underwent an appendectomy and an unfortunate moth-in-the-ear thing during the regular season.

Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli sprained his ankle Thursday night, but remained in the game when X-rays were negative. “I’m going to do whatever I can to stay in,” he said. “We're going to do some things tomorrow and try to get me back out there again.”

Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz left Game 6 with a groin strain in the 11th inning.

The Rangers said both Napoli and Cruz are expected to be available.

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