10/04/11 2:11 PM ET
No change in Holliday's status after exam
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
That is to say, that as of Monday night at least, Holliday remains on the club's roster for the National League Division Series against the Phillies. He is available to pinch-hit when the pain in his hand permits it, but there is no avoiding the fact that the pain is significant.
Holliday, who is dealing with tendinitis in his right middle finger, pinch-hit in Saturday's Game 1 but did not appear in Game 2 on Sunday.
"I'm always half-full versus half-empty, so that should be the answer," manager Tony La Russa said on Monday afternoon. "But he had quite a bit of pain and discomfort in that one at-bat, so that's not a good sign."
By rule, the Cardinals would be permitted to remove Holliday from the Division Series roster and replace him with a healthy player. However, if they were to do that, they would also forfeit his services were they to advance to the NL Championship Series. In such a scenario, Holliday could be reinstated for a potential World Series appearance.
Jackson tabbed by Cards for Game 4 of NLDS
ST. LOUIS -- Right-hander Edwin Jackson will start Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on Wednesday evening, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa revealed on Monday. Jackson will face the Phillies' Roy Oswalt in the 5:07 p.m. CT game.
Jackson had been the expected starter since the beginning of the series. However, La Russa had held out the possibility that Jackson might pitch in relief in Games 1 and 2 in Philadelphia. If the right-hander had needed to work extensively in one or both of those games, the club might have changed its plans.
There was no need for Jackson to come out of the 'pen in Philadelphia, so he'll take his start in the rotation. That's good news for the Cardinals, who saw Jackson turn in an outstanding stretch run after coming from the White Sox -- by way, briefly, of Toronto -- in a July 27 trade.
Jackson was 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) after the trade, striking out 51 and walking 23 in 78 innings. He allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of 12 starts, and had a 3.10 ERA in eight starts at Busch.
La Russa fined for remarks about strike zone
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa had conciliatory words for umpire Jerry Meals on Monday, a day after saying on television that Meals had "two different strike zones" in Sunday's Game 2 between his team and the Phillies.
Nevertheless, his remarks led to an unspecified fine handed down by Major League Baseball. La Russa confirmed that he'd been fined while speaking with the media prior to Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Tuesday.
"Never have had a problem with Jerry over the years," La Russa said on Monday. "And that really wasn't a problem. It's something that, every once in a while, happens during the season. You're trying to identify the strike zone so that as a hitter or a pitcher, you can adjust to it.
"But I do think that the club has to feel your support. And if they don't feel it, then they're out there by themselves. A lot of times they rally around it and they ignore you, but it's much more important if we're all in this together. It's your family so you support them."
Both clubs expressed frustration with Meals' strike zone during and after Sunday's Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park.
"Philadelphia had their own criticism, and that's part of what I said," La Russa said. "When you watch these games -- especially with the stakes -- you want all the calls, they want all the calls. Somebody's going to be upset most of the time."
Shadows will likely play role early in Game 3
ST. LOUIS -- For the early part of Tuesday's Game 3 of their National League Division Series, Cardinals and Phillies hitters will likely have a difficult time dealing with the shadows on the field at Busch Stadium. After that, however, the conditions should be just fine for the remainder of the two games in St. Louis.
Cardinals hitters complained late in the season about the hitting conditions for 3:10 p.m. CT games, because of mixed shadows and sunlight across the infield at Busch. Tuesday's game is slated to start at 4 p.m. CT, with Wednesday's Game 4 set for a 5 p.m. start.
As the days get shorter, though, only the first 30-45 minutes of Game 3 threaten to have the shadows-light mix that was so vexing. By 5 p.m. CT on Monday, the entire infield was covered in shadows -- a much easier hitting environment.
"We don't control start times," general manager John Mozeliak said, "so there's not a whole lot we can do from the Cardinals' standpoint. ... Hopefully being a month later in the year and an hour later in the start, hopefully it's not as bad."
Manager Tony La Russa and John Mozeliak both acknowledged Monday that Albert Pujols is dealing with a couple of physical ailments, but none so severe as to affect his status for Tuesday's Game 3. Pujols has discomfort in his left ankle and his left heel.
Although Marc Rzepczynski hit a batter in Game 2, La Russa was pleased with how the lefty bounced back from a rough outing in Game 1 in Philadelphia. "What I'm seeing is a guy that's a weapon for us and is in his first postseason," La Russa said. "He's learning, and he's going to be given assignments. If he's good enough, then we're good enough."
Kyle Lohse should be available in relief for Game 4 if he is needed. Lohse started Game 1.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.