ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 31: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres on opening day at Busch Stadium on March 31, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Matt Holliday To Start Sunday, Nine Days After Appendectomy

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Matt Holliday To Return To Cardinals Lineup Sunday

You'll recall it wasn't too long ago that Cardinals star outfielder Matt Holliday underwent an appendectomy that some figured would keep him out of action for weeks. A trip to the disabled list appeared certain.

However, in what came as a surprise, Holliday was able to avoid the DL. He set his eyes on returning for this weekend's series against the Giants, and while Tony La Russa just Friday said Holliday's chances of appearing in the series were "slim", Joe Strauss has an update for you:

Holliday to start Sunday against Zito. It will be 9 days since he required appendectomy. Let the poaching begin.

Nine days. It's incredible, if not seemingly a wee bit hasty. But then, the Cardinals are 2-5 on the season and have scored just 19 runs pending their game Saturday night, so you can understand their desire to get Holliday back quickly. He'll slide back into the lineup and bump Allen Craig and Jon Jay, who so far have gone a combined 7-29 with zero extra-base hits.


Possibility Of Matt Holliday Appearance This Weekend: "Slim"

Apparently Matt Holliday does not have the Wolverine-like healing powers that he had hoped for. Another update from Fox Sports Midwest, this time with a quote from St. Louis Cardinals' manager Tony La Russa:

Tony says chances are "slim" Holliday plays in San Fran series.

Since La Russa is actually the guy who takes the pen and writes names into the lineup card, this should close the door on Holliday starting over the weekend. If the slugger does find his way into a game, it will most likely to be as a pinch-hitter.

Allen Craig is in the lineup today in Holliday's absence, hitting cleanup. While Craig has done well in Holliday's stead, having him hit fourth in the order probably isn't what St. Louis had in mind when the season started.

If Holliday returns after the weekend, it will still represent a quick recovery from surgery to remove his appendix on April 1st. The Cardinals declined to place him on disabled list, gambling that his potential return before the 15 days were up was more valuable than an extra roster spot.


Matt Holliday Hopes To Be Cleared For Pinch-Hitting Duty

Just one week after undergoing emergency surgery to remove his appendix, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday hopes he'll be cleared to pinch hit as soon as today, according to Fox Sports Midwest:

Holliday on the lineup card, hopes to be cleared to pinch hit today. More to come...

Holliday was able to avoid the disabled list after a procedure that has put some players on the shelf for up to a month, and if he plays in the Cardinals' weekend series against the San Francisco Giants, it will complete one of the quickest returns from an appendectomy in recent memory.

While Holliday was out, Allen Craig did a pretty good Holliday impression, hitting .333 with a .412 on-base percentage. After Adam Wainwright's season-ending surgery, the Cardinals had to feel a little snake-bit when the news of Holliday's appendicitis came out. But if the damage is limited to only a week of missed time -- and a week that was filled with a hitter who produced, at that -- it seems as if they'll enjoy the best-case scenario.


Matt Holliday Cleared To Play Baseball After Appendectomy

Not only is Matt Holliday one of the better outfielders in baseball, but he has Wolverine-like healing abilities and an ability to play through some significant abdominal pain. From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Holliday cleared for baseball activities, to make 10-game W. Coast trip. Availability still vague. No DL planned.

After news broke of Holliday's appendicitis and subsequent surgery, most everyone assumed that he was going to have his miss a substantial portion of the 2011 season -- up to four weeks by some estimates. There is no exact timetable as to Holliday's return, but him avoiding the disabled list is a good sign that he hopes to be back within the next two weeks.

Last season, Giants outfielder Andres Torres missed close to two weeks after having his appendix removed, and the relatively quick recovery inspired Holliday to avoid the disabled list. Though it's doubtful Holliday will play this weekend against the Giants in San Francisco, he will travel with the team to Arizona and Los Angeles next week.


Cardinals' Matt Holliday Might Return Quickly

While initial reports suggested that Matt Holliday’s appendectomy might knock him out of action for at last three weeks, Fox Sports Midwest reports that Holliday might not even be placed on the Disabled List:

The Cardinals plan to wait until Monday or Tuesday before deciding whether or not to put Holliday on the disabled list. Some players have returned from similar injuries in 7-10 days while others have missed 3-4 weeks.

Doctors were able to remove the appendix before it ruptured, potentially minimizing the amount of time he will have to miss.

During Sunday night’s Giants-Dodgers game, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported the same thing after talking to St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak. Olney also pointed out that Andres Torres missed only 11 days after his appendectomy last season.

Obviously, in a highly competitive National League Central, the Cardinals would like to see Holliday back in the lineup as soon as medically possible.


Matt Holliday To Have Appendectomy As Cardinals Lose Another Star

As if losing Adam Wainwright for the season weren't bad enough, the Cardinals have been dealt just another blow, as  Matt Holliday is undergoing an appendectomy.

The news comes completely out of nowhere, given that Holliday played in the Cardinals' game against the Padres on Thursday and hit a home run. Holliday felt some soreness on Thursday and got himself checked out only after it persisted into Friday morning. The doctors were able to identify the problem before Holliday's appendix burst, which is good news, but that this could've been worse in no way makes it pleasing.

The Cardinals aren't going to make a corresponding roster move until they hear about the operation, but Holliday will almost certainly find himself on the disabled list. The standard recovery can be between three and four weeks before one can return to "strenuous activity," and if you allow for a quick minor-league rehab stint, Holliday could be out for more than a month. He could be back much sooner, of course, but this is nasty, regardless. One must note that Andres Torres was able to return from an appendectomy last September in about two weeks.

Expect Jon Jay and Allen Craig to try and fill the void in the lineup until Holliday comes back. And expect Albert Pujols to draw some more intentional walks.

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