Cardinals Set Lineup For Game 3

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa often likes to mix things up with his lineups — he has, in the past, batted his pitcher eighth — but for Game 3 against the Phillies this afternoon in St. Louis, he’s gone pretty traditional:

1. Rafael Furcal SS
2. Allen Craig RF
3. Albert Pujols 1B
4. Lance Berkman LF
5. David Freese 3B
6. Yadier Molina C
7. Ryan Theriot 2B
8. Jon Jay CF
9. Jaime Garcia P

For the third straight game, Matt Holliday will not be in the Cardinals’ lineup. He has a tendon issue in his right hand; this could keep him out for quite some time:

Holliday took three swings Saturday during the Cardinals 11-6 loss in Game 1 in Philadelphia and experienced pain severe enough to cause him to scream through at least one of the swings.

The Cardinals are considering whether to disable Holliday, but if they do so, he would be ineligible to return until the World Series.

Of course, St. Louis would have to get there before they’d have to worry about that. In the meantime they are essentially playing with a 24-man roster.

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