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Changing course: Matt Holliday may very well go on the disabled list

Jun 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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Matt Holliday sat out for most of six games, getting some pinch-hit duty only, with a bad quad. The Cardinals said he didn’t need a trip to the DL, and they started him on Sunday. Then was scratched again last night. Now he’s heading for an MRI and, probably, a trip to the disabled list, because the quad just isn’t responding.

I wouldn’t think much of this, but this tweet from Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch makes you wonder:

Holliday saga explains why many fans remain skeptical re: team claims that [Albert Pujols] has no physical issue. May be true but Cards create climate.

Strauss likes to stir things up — makes him a really fun Twitter follow, by the way — but you wonder if there isn’t some Kremlin-esque behavior going on with the health of the Cardinals’ superstars.

  1. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Pujols is starting to look better. 2-3 last night with a double. A HR on Monday. Maybe it was just bad luck?

    While of course I’d rather have Holliday in the lineup, Supreme Court Justice Jon Jay hasn’t done too bad himself. If it weren’t for Bruce, he could be NL player of the month, with a Williams-esque .392 BA.

    • grizz2202 - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM

      Leading MLB in GIDP’s 1/3 of the way through the season is not bad luck. He’s still great, will come around, blah blah blah, etc. But something is wrong.

      • ultimatecardinalwarrior - Jun 1, 2011 at 1:03 PM

        His line drive rate has gone up over the past few weeks after being way below his career average for the first month and a half or so of the season. That combined with the amount of baserunners the Cardinals have had (and yes a bit of bad luck) led to his astronomical number of GIDPs to start the season.

    • thefalcon123 - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:58 AM

      Yeah, what kind of loser leads the league in GIDP?!?!

      Oh, Albert Pujols did. In 2007. And he still lead the league in WAR.

      • grizz2202 - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:05 PM

        I did not know that. To the internets!!

      • grizz2202 - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

        Here’s an interesting article about GIDP’s over the last 10 years, with a couple facts you may not know (I didn’t): http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1927

  2. thefalcon123 - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    The Cardinals have had a pretty disturbing recent history of returning unhealthy players to action only to be forced to send them back to the DL with the same problem (now much worse) a few days later. They rushed back Carpenter a few years ago when he wasn’t healthy, they insisted Mark Mulder was healthy when he was throwing 82 mph fastballs and there are many, many other examples.

    Maybe this is the case with every team and I only notice because I watch the Cards far more often….

    • patsandsox - Jun 1, 2011 at 2:22 PM

      I always feel the Red Sox are over protective and they put their players on the dl for hangnails, But last year they let Pedroia rush back and he play 3 games or something like that and was done for the season. After that they said they had trusted what he was telling them and they made a mistake to listen to the player.

      Its hard to tell how someone else feels I guess is what I am trying to say

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