ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after injuring his finger during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Matt Holliday Injury: Cardinals Slugger Hurt In World Series Game 6

Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday left Game 6 of the World Series with an injured pinky.

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Rangers Injury Update: Mike Napoli OK, Nelson Cruz Hurt

A pair of key Rangers are dealing with injuries that could affect Game 7 of the 2011 World Series. Catcher Mike Napoli is appears OK after suffering an ankle injury in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series on Thursday night. Right fielder Nelson Cruz is a question mark for Game 7, according to Texas manager Ron Washington.

Napoli rolled his ankle sliding into second base, but remained in the game.

Cruz strained his groin muscle while tracking down David Freese's game-tying triple in the bottom of the ninth. He has had groin problems before in his career.

Washington could not confirm the status for Cruz in Game 7. Via the Dallas Morning News: "Cruz sort of hurt his groin a little bit and I didn't want to take the chance and run him back out there. I haven't heard anything from the medical department as to the seriousness of it, but we'll just have to wait and see how everything is."

For more on the Cardinals' wild Game 6 win, check out the rest of the Baseball Nation live-blog and Jeff Sullivan's recap. For the latest new and analysis leading up to Game 7, check out our Cardinals blog, Viva El Birdos, and our Rangers blog, Lone Star Ball.

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Matt Holliday Injury: World Series Game 7 Status Uncertain

The status of Matt Holliday for Game 7 of the 2011 World Series is unknown after the Cardinals right fielder suffered an injury to his right hand on Thursday night. Holliday did say "I should be able to play," when asked about if he would be in the lineup Friday night.

The freak pinky injury occurred when Holliday was picked off by Rangers catcher Mike Napoli in the sixth inning Game 6. Texas third basemen Adrian Beltre stepped on Holliday's finger, causing bleeding and swelling, and forcing him out of the game.

"I thought it might be [broken]. It was sore," Holliday said. X-Rays showed his finger is not broken.

If Holliday cannot play, manager Tony La Russa will likely turn to Allen Craig, who replaced Holliday in the lineup in Game 6. 

For more on the Cardinals' wild Game 6 win, check out the rest of the Baseball Nation live-blog and Jeff Sullivan's recap. For the latest new and analysis leading up to Game 7, check out our Cardinals blog, Viva El Birdos, and our Rangers blog, Lone Star Ball.

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2011 World Series: Nelson Cruz, Mike Napoli, Matt Holliday All Injured In Game 6

Game 6 of the 2011 World Series took a lot out of the players, managers and even the fans watching at home as the St. Louis Cardinals staved off elimination and came back to force Game 7 with a 10-9 win over the Texas Rangers in 11 innings. With one game left, though, several players are walking wounded with injuries sustained in Thursday night's game.

On the Rangers side, Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli were both injured on Thursday night. Napoli rolled his ankle pretty severely sliding into second base, but was able to finish the game. Nelson Cruz strained his groin late in the Rangers' 11-inning loss to the Cardinals. The latest comes from Brent Gambill.

#Rangers announce Nelson Cruz strained right groin is day to day. Mike Napoli had x-rays on right ankle. They were negative #WorldSeries

For the Cardinals, Matt Holliday injured his right pinky in the win. It's unclear whether the injury will affect his status for Game 7.

Holliday says he thinks he can play in Game 7. Left park with right pinky in a splint and taped, though.

Cruz may be the most questionable for Friday's game with his strained right groin, though Holliday's injury seems problematic, as well. For all three, it may be a situation where they see how they feel on Friday morning and are evaluated again shortly before the game gets underway. But with one game to go and the World Series on the line, one would have to expect all three will fight to be on the field on Friday night.

For more on the Cardinals' wild Game 6 win, check out the rest of the Baseball Nation live-blog and Jeff Sullivan's recap.

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