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Matt Holliday, who is nursing a strained hamstring, has managed to avoid a stint on the DL, but he will still need to prove he's close to 100 percent before manager Mike Matheny places him back in the lineup. Holliday took a big step toward doing that yesterday. He participated in batting practice for the first time since injuring his hamstring.
According to Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com, Holliday remained in St. Louis to get treatment over the All-Star break. He rehabbed the hamstring, and he is pushing for a return to the lineup today. Yesterday marked the first time he took live BP with the team, or live BP at all for that matter, since the injury, but he felt good doing so. At the very least, Holliday continues to show that a DL stint will not be necessary for his hamstring.
The Cardinals will need Holliday back soon as they contend with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the National League Central. The Cardinals hit the break with the best record in baseball, but the Pirates are sitting on the second-best record, and they are just one game back.
Holliday is hitting .268/.351/.448 with 13 home runs this season. He isn't quite having an All-Star cliber year, but he's putting up good enough numbers to make a difference. Last year, he helped propel the Cardinals into the playoffs by hitting .295/.379/.497 with 27 home runs. If he can remain healthy, he'll hit well enough to have a big impact.
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