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Matt Holliday aiming to return to Cardinals’ lineup Thursday

Jun 12, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

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According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Matt Holliday is targeting a Thursday return from the 15-day disabled list.

The left fielder has been out since June 1 with tightness in his left quadriceps muscle. He took batting practice and went through a strenuous workout before Saturday’s game at Miller Park in Milwaukee and told reporters that he had been running for several days at home in St. Louis before joining the team for the weekend.

Holliday, 31, left behind a shiny .342/.433/.542 batting line, six home runs and 33 RBI. He’s been a force at cleanup when healthy, and the Cardinals will hope that he picks it all back up.

Allen Craig was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a bruised knee and outfielder Andrew Brown was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. Brown will likely head back down Thursday to make room for Holliday.

  1. fearlessleader - Jun 12, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    May it be so. With Albert still not himself, the Cards’ starters not overachieving as impressively as they did earlier in the season, and a DL that would be laughable if it weren’t so sad, the Cardinals need his bat back in a big fat way if they hope to see first place again anytime soon.

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