Since outfielder Matt Holliday exited Thursday's contest with a right hamstring injury, the St. Louis Cardinals have expressed optimism that the slugger won't require a stint on the disabled list. The team continues to hold out hope that Holliday's absence won't extend beyond the All-Star break, as manager Mike Matheny told Brian Hedger of MLB.com that he's aiming to have the outfielder back in the lineup on Friday when the second half begins.
"We need to be real careful, so we can continue to
progress and make sure we're aiming for that first day after the break,"
manager Mike Matheny said.
Matheny feels Friday is a "realistic" return date based on what he's heard from the Cardinals' training staff. He noted that Holliday's "getting strong and is feeling better."
Holliday was once again out of the team's lineup on Sunday as he continued to receive treatment for his ailing hamstring. He'll continue to rest his injury and receive treatment through the break in hopes of returning to action on Friday.
While he got off to a slower-than-usual start this season, Holliday had been picking it up at the plate prior to his injury. Over his last six games, Holliday collected six hits –
including three doubles and two home runs – with six RBI and two walks. On the
season, the 33-year-old has hit .268/.351/.448 with 15 doubles and 13 home
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