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Injury won't ground Womack
10/23/2004 11:20 PM ET
ST. LOUIS -- For the second time in three postseason games, Tony Womack was knocked out of action by an injury, this time after a nasty hop struck him in the left collarbone.

And for the second time, he plans to come right back the next day.

After X-rays on the Cardinals second baseman turned up negative, Womack contends he'll be back out again for Game 2 of the World Series, just like he was for Game 7 of the National League Championship Series after back spasms knocked him out of Game 6.

"A little pain, but hey, I've been playing in pain before," Womack said after the Cardinals' 11-9 loss to the Red Sox in the opener of the Fall Classic.

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Womack, the Cardinals' starting second baseman, suffered the injury in the seventh inning of Saturday's Game 1 of the World Series when Red Sox slugger David Ortiz drilled a hot grounder that appeared to skip off the lip of the Fenway Park infield and struck Womack with solid force.

"It happens. I did the best I could trying to keep it from hitting me in the teeth," Womack said. "I don't know what it hit. One of those bad hops, I guess."

Womack immediately clutched at the area of his clavicle as Boston's second run of the inning scored, and Cards head trainer Barry Weinberg attended to him once play had stopped. Womack, who was replaced by Marlon Anderson, was taken to a local hospital for X-rays that were termed precautionary by Cardinals officials during the game and, fortunately for Womack and the Cardinals, appear to be just that.

Naturally, he'll be re-examined and re-evaluated before Sunday's game.

"[He's] very sore, but the first X-ray they took [showed] there was not a break," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "Hit him right on the collarbone. I guess it wasn't a real clear X-ray and it didn't show a fracture, but he's a sore guy."

   Tony Womack  /   2B
Born: 09/25/69
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 170 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R

In Game 6 of the NLCS, Womack had to leave after three innings because of a lower back spasm, a condition that Womack said is not a factor in the World Series. Womack played in 145 games during the regular season, and had played every inning of the postseason up to the point of his back injury in the NLCS.

He says he doesn't know how the injury sustained Saturday will affect his movement, but he doesn't sound like he cares too much.

"I haven't been doing anything but icing it. I'll be ready tomorrow," Womack said. "We're in the World Series."

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