Two injured Cards could change things

Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday has been suffering from a finger injury. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

ATLANTA — The Cardinals played and won Game 162 without two starting position players: Matt Holliday and Rafael Furcal. Their status for the National League division series appears to be rather undecided.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported both players would likely land on the disabled list with their respective injuries if it were not September. General manager John Mozeliak told the paper that both players are "day to day."

Furcal suffered a hamstring pull Monday and did not play in any subsequent games. Nick Punto replaced him.

Holliday aggravated a tendon strain in his right middle finger Tuesday. He also did not play Wednesday. The Post-Dispatch said Holliday was scheduled to see a hand specialist Thursday. He could receive a cortisone injection, and such treatments usually require a few days of inactivity.

Holliday batted .296 with a .912 OPS in 124 games. He had 22 home runs and 36 doubles in an All-Star season.

"We'd like to think that both of them could improve in the short term," Mozeliak told the Post-Dispatch. "But we don't want to push and make them unavailable should things go forward."

Certainly something to watch in the coming days.

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