BOSTON -- One of these days, the Cardinals may find out what it takes to keep Tony Womack out of the starting lineup.
Or maybe not.
Womack was in the lineup on Sunday for Game 2 of the World Series, a night after taking a line drive off his collarbone and being removed from Game 1. He batted in his new-usual No. 7 spot in the St. Louis order, allowing the Cards to remove him, if necessary, without putting backup Hector Luna in the leadoff spot.
"I felt like I had been hit by a truck twice over this morning," Womack said before the game. "I was really stiff."
"I'm playing. I've got all of next week to rest. After it's all said and done, I've got all winter to heal. There's not many chances you get to play in the World Series, so I'm not going to let this slow me down. I'm going to be ready for tonight."
Manager Tony La Russa hesitated before he put Womack in his lineup, making sure he checked with the second baseman before writing out his starting nine in ink.
"It was close enough to where, even though I got a call from Barry (Weinberg, head trainer) in the morning that Tony felt ready to go, I didn't want to have to make the lineup and have to change it," La Russa said. "So I kept it open until I saw Tony and talked to him. He said he can go, so he goes. If he had not, then (Marlon) Anderson was going to play second."
By the way, Womack is still contending with back spasms, which started to bother him during the National League Championship Series. Yet he remains in there, and has reached base five times in the past three games.
"I've done everything," he said when asked about dealing with the spasms. "Just the biggest thing I try to do for myself is mentally, once I get between the white lines, I just forget they are there and try to play and do the best I can. That's what I do. You can only treat them for so much.
"They will go away when I guess it's time for them to go away. I can get all of the treatment I want, but mentally I just try to stay strong so it doesn't affect me getting balls or affect me doing what I have to do mentally to help my team win."
Marlon Anderson / 2B
Weight: 200 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Anderson DH: La Russa went with Anderson as his designated hitter on Sunday, after starting Reggie Sanders at DH and So Taguchi in left field on Saturday. He considers the speedy Anderson to be a "second leadoff man," batting ninth in the American League order.
Anderson is 3-for-10 in his career against Boston starter Curt Schilling, while John Mabry, the Cardinals' most effective reserve bat this year, has a 2-for-13 mark.
"He's played behind Schilling," La Russa said, "he's had 10 at-bats, and I think he's got the kind of legs and handle of the bat that maybe he can do something special if we want to try to manufacture."
Anderson and Schilling were teammates with the Phillies from 1998-2000.
Other options? After the Cards used Danny Haren, their primary long reliever, for 3 2/3 innings on Saturday, La Russa said he is leaving open some previously unexpected possibilities with his pitching staff. Scheduled Game 4 starter Jason Marquis was listed as being available out of the bullpen in Game 2.
That wouldn't necessarily knock Marquis from consideration for Game 4, even if he were to pitch. But if Marquis had to be stretched out more than an inning or two, it might cause the Redbirds to look at other choices for a Game 4 starter -- potentially Woody Williams on short rest or Haren.
"Jeff Suppan pitches Tuesday and we've got Marquis listed and I think he'll pitch Game 4," La Russa said before the game. "The only thing is that we also have Marquis listed in our right-hand relief side today because we used up Danny, and Matt (Morris) is going on three days' rest. If we need some innings, Marquis can pitch. But I think Marquis can pitch a little bit today and still start Game 4."
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.