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Holliday set for Friday return, Berkman could miss weekend

May 19, 2011, 8:33 PM EST

Lance Berkman, Matt Holliday, Colby Rasmus, John Buck AP

The Cardinals received good news Thursday evening on all three of their starting outfielders.

Colby Rasmus returned to center field and doubled in an afternoon victory over the Astros, left fielder Matt Holliday has been cleared of his quad discomfort and is expected to return Friday, and right fielder Lance Berkman underwent an MRI on his wrist that ruled out ligament damage.

That all comes from ESPN 101’s Brian Stull.

The Cardinals have featured one of baseball’s most productive outfields this season. Rasmus has an .855 OPS and 32 runs scored, Holliday is batting an MVP-like .357/.444/.557 with 28 RBI, and Berkman has a stunning .349/.455/.683 slash line with 11 home runs and 35 RBI.

Rasmus and Holliday should be able to play all three games of the Cardinals’ upcoming interleague weekend series against the Royals. Berkman is likely to return to the starting lineup by early next week.

  1. spudchukar - May 20, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Bummer if Berkman cannot play this weekend, the DH role would have been a perfect fit, but our mastermind TLR, will once again undoubtably make the perfect move. Vilify him all you want, but he has been pushing all the right buttons so far in 2011.

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