NLDS Game 5 lineups: Cardinals vs. Phillies

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Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Cardinals-Phillies series tonight:

   ST. LOUIS CARDINALS         PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
1. Rafael Furcal, SS        1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Skip Schumaker, CF       2. Chase Utley, 2B
3. Albert Pujols, 1B        3. Hunter Pence, RF
4. Lance Berkman, RF        4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Matt Holliday, LF        5. Shane Victorino, CF
6. Yadier Molina, C         6. Raul Ibanez, LF
7. David Freese, 3B         7. Placido Polanco, 3B
8. Nick Punto, 2B           8. Carlos Ruiz, C

SP Chris Carpenter, RHP     SP Roy Halladay, RHP

No changes for the Phillies, who stick with the same lineup they used in Game 4.

Tony La Russa, however, did not stick with the same group, benching Jon Jay while shifting Skip Schumaker to center field and inserting Nick Punto into the lineup at second base. As promised Matt Holliday will again play through his hand injury, with Allen Craig on the bench.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.