Nelson Cruz suffers groin strain late in Game 6

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Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday wasn’t the only big-name slugger to make an early exit from Thursday’s wild World Series Game 6.

According to beat writer Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz has been diagnosed with a groin strain, suffered in his final at-bat of the night. Esteban German took his spot in the outfield in the bottom of the 11th inning and Cruz was shown on the FOX broadcast limping down the dugout steps.

The Cardinals haven’t said whether Holliday, who was diagnosed with a severely bruised pinkie, will be available for Game 7 on Friday night in St. Louis. If he can’t go, the Cards will start Allen Craig.

If Cruz can’t play for the Rangers, look for Craig Gentry and David Murphy to both be in the starting lineup.