Matt Holliday diagnosed with Grade 2 quadriceps strain

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Matt Holliday was placed on the disabled list Tuesday after suffering a right quad injury in the outfield Monday night in Denver. An MRI was taken, and the official diagnosis is in …

Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams suffered a Grade 3 strain in late May and needed surgery, leaving it doubtful that he will be able to return this season. Holliday’s strain isn’t nearly as severe and he should make it back later this summer. Randal Grichuk figures to become an everyday player now for the Cardinals. He’s starting in right field on Tuesday night against the Rockies, with Jon Jay getting the nod in left field and Peter Bourjos covering center. Jason Heyward is on the bench against Colorado lefty Jorge De La Rosa.

Holliday was batting .303 with a .417 on-base percentage through 52 games this season for the Cardinals, who still hold the best record in Major League Baseball despite losing Adams a few weeks ago and Adam Wainwright in April. Setup man Jordan Walden has also been out since April with a shoulder strain.

Dodgers plan to tab Clayton Kershaw for Game 1 of World Series

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MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers plan to tab ace Clayton Kershaw for Game 1 of the World Series. Nothing is set in stone yet ahead of Tuesday’s Game 1 of the World Series. In the event Kershaw can’t start Game 1, Rich Hill would start. Otherwise, Hill would start Game 4.

Kershaw, started Game 1 and Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers, then closed out Game 7 with a flawless inning. He was hit around to the tune of five runs (four earned) over three-plus innings in Game 1, but rebounded for seven innings of one-run ball in Game 5. He struck out two en route to sending the Dodgers to the World Series in the ninth inning of Game 7.

Kershaw also tossed eight shutout innings against the Braves in Game 2 of the NLDS. Overall, he has a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings this postseason. There was no doubt who would be the Dodgers’ first choice to start Game 1, but it’s a relatively recent situation where the ace of a team also closed out the final game of the previous series.

Hill has put up a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings this postseason. While he doesn’t have Kershaw’s pedigree, the Dodgers would be confident having him lead off the series. Hill was excellent down the stretch last year, helping the Dodgers reach Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros.

The Red Sox plan to start Chris Sale in Game 1 now that he’s recovered from a brief stint in the hospital due to a stomach ailment. The lefty has a 3.48 in 10 1/3 innings in the playoffs this year. He’s among a handful of candidates for the AL Cy Young award after posting a 2.11 ERA in the regular season, but his lack of innings (158) may hurt him.