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Matt Holliday will return to the Cardinals’ lineup Sunday

Apr 9, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

Fans celebrate Matt Holliday's homerun during their MLB baseball game against San Diego Padres in St. Louis Reuters

Good news here for the Cardinals, who haven’t been getting many breaks in the early going and currently sit three games back of the Reds in the National League Central standings.

According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, outfielder Matt Holliday has been cleared to return to action and will be in the Cardinals’ lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale in San Francisco.

Holliday underwent an emergency appendectomy on April 2 and early timetables had him missing as much as a month. But the in-shape left fielder felt healthy almost immediately after the procedure and was given clearance Saturday night by team trainers.

Giants outfielder Andres Torres rushed back from an appendectomy in 11 days last year and told reporters after the season that he may have returned too quickly. But these are sort of case-by-base things. Adam Dunn, for instance, is already trying to claw his way back into the Chicago starting lineup despite having his appendix removed just this past Wednesday.

Holliday went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI on Opening Day. It’s the only game he’s played thus far.

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