Left fielder Matt Holliday sustained a right wrist sprain Thursday night that would have landed him on the disabled list during the season but instead took him off the Cardinals World Series roster for Game 7.

The Cardinals received permission from the commissioner's office early Friday to replace Holliday with rookie outfielder Adron Chambers, who had been part of the active roster during the NL division series and championship series before ceding his spot to Skip Schumaker against the Texas Rangers.

Holliday's wrist was placed in a soft cast Friday morning after he found it difficult to sleep. X-rays taken after his sixth-inning headfirst slide proved negative but the sprain proved significant.

"It's frustrating. This is something you look forward to and wish you had a chance to be a part of," Holliday said. "But this is a team game. This is about our team. This isn't about me. I'm excited to be part of this team and go out and watch them play and hopefully get a chance to celebrate."

Holliday initially thought he had suffered a severe bruise near his right pinky bad enough to take him out of Thursday's game but perhaps not severe enough to preclude his availability for Friday. That perception quickly changed when he returned home and experienced heightened pain.