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Matt Holliday cleared to swing a bat, Cardinals “optimistic” about his status

Sep 20, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

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Remember how we heard yesterday that Matt Holliday was considered “doubtful” to return this season? Well, don’t count him out yet.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed that Matt Holliday was cleared to swing a bat off a tee this afternoon.

“Over the last 48 hours, we are a little more optimistic,” Mozeliak told the media this afternoon. “The easiest way to think about it is as a day-to-day progression. He’s been cleared to swing the bat.”

Holliday hasn’t played since last Tuesday due to inflammation in his right middle finger. Mozeliak said there has been some “reduction” in the inflammation, leading to increased “optimism” that he will be available at some point during the final week of the regular season.

Holliday, 31, is batting .295/.388/.528 with 22 home runs, 74 RBI and a .915 OPS over 503 plate appearances this season. Allen Craig will continue to play left field for now as the Cardinals attempt to keep their playoff hopes alive.

  1. saintez - Sep 21, 2011 at 3:47 AM

    Inflamed fingers always had Pete rose out of the lineup…. Seriously, times have changed.

  2. cintiphil - Sep 21, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    As a Reds fan, I can agree with saintez. But the important thing is that this is too little too late for the birds to get into the playoffs.

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