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Mike Matheny says Matt Holliday “is trying to grind” through knee injury

Aug 18, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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In the midst of a 0-for-18 slump, Matt Holliday was benched Sunday as manager Mike Matheny talked about the role a sore left knee has played in the outfielder’s recent struggles.

Matheny told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Holliday had his knee “flare up” during Wednesday’s game and went on to say:

He’s trying to grind for us because we need everybody to grind right now. He’s feeling it. You can tell by some of his movements.

As is so often the case, playing through–or “grinding” through, if you prefer–an injury leads to poor results and worse health.

Holliday is having the worst season of his career at age 34, posting career-lows in batting average (.260), slugging percentage (.407), and OPS (.769) while hitting just 12 homers in 119 games.

  1. stex52 - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    But they aren’t sitting him down. I guess it’s because those are still pretty good numbers (just not Holliday numbers) and no one else on the team is showing any power at all. For that matter, only Carpenter is doing well, and he is certainly not a power source.

    So Holliday gets to grind it out on a sore knee.

  2. miguelcairo - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Maybe he could switch to football. By the looks of him he’d fare just fine.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      He was a high school All-American QB. The guy had options – he chose baseball.

      • gibbyfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        Looks more like a linebacker……..

  3. thomas844 - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    A .769 OPS? 12 homers? Bad for Holliday but a lot of players would love to be having that type of season.

    • uwsptke - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      I was surprised to see he’s only hit 12 HR’s, since he’s hit 5 of them against my Brewers alone.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:32 PM


      league average OPS is like 730 or so…

      for only left fielders it’s higher. Holliday is like 10th to 15th or 16th in the bigs for many stats for only left fielders…

      yet he has the 3rd highest salary for left fielders and the 2nd highest salary is Josh Hamilton and he plays center and left (Carl Crawford is the highest salary of left fielders in the bigs).

      Matt’s production this season is low relative to his pay…

      Matt is 13th out of 19 qualified left fielders in OPS this season…

      He is 16th in WAR for left fielders in the bigs…

      13th in home runs

  4. okwhitefalcon - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    A “grinding it out” Matt Holliday playing at his current rate of production is better than any option they have at the major league level.

    • bolweevils2 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Well, it says the injury occurred Wednesday. Over the last 7 days he’s 0-18, so his current rate of production is really pretty much zero. (Though he has walked 3 times in the last week)

      No doubt being 0-fer is a combination of bad luck and injury, but I still think playing through injuries like this is usually short-sighted. It could turn what might have been a short term thing into a chronic bad knee. (Or at least so says this would-be internet blog doctor with no medical training whatsoever)

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      You don’t want Sugar Shane over there full time?

      And, per a post here yesterday, how well, or not, he can grind will affect decisions on when/if Yadi and Wacha play this year.

      • okwhitefalcon - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        Holliday’s ability to grind out won’t have any affect on Yadi or Wacha’s return.

        They’ll play if/when they’re cleared to play.

        And no, I’m not ready for a full time Sugar Shane.


  5. hoopmatch - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    It sounds like Holliday needs a holiday from playing.

  6. unclemosesgreen - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Matheny is just trying to make him look gritty in hopes that Kevin Towers will trade for him.

  7. recoveringcubsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    When asked for his thoughts, the chief of police in Ferguson said, “Yeah, that’s suspicious. Didn’t he steal some bases or something? Let’s shoot that knee in the back!”

    Relevant. Ask Matheny.

    • blacksables - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      It’s funny when Cubs fans use the word relevant.

  8. historiophiliac - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM


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