Holliday was batting .347, second in the National League behind teammate Lance Berkman’s .354 average, entering Monday’s game against the San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals were 4-2 without their cleanup hitter, winning series at San Diego and Colorado.
Holliday made one appearance in the six games, drawing an intentional walk Friday night at Colorado.
“What? Thanks for mentioning it,” he said to a reporter. “I’m just going to ignore it.”
“He’s immune to pressure, but if I thought he needed a break I’d do whatever it took,” La Russa said. “You try to get the best out of him and if anybody’s struggling you’re just open-minded to do anything.
“But I’m not going to write him out of the third spot for this week.”
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