Coming off a 2015 campaign where he was hindered with a quad ailment, a fractured thumb sent him to the disabled list in 2016, making it the second straight year that he missed over 40 games due to injury. However, while healthy he managed to blast 20 home runs with 62 RBI over 110 games. Unfortunately, his remaining power seemed to be the only promising sign for the seasoned veteran. He finished the year with a .246 batting average and .322 on-base percentage, both of which are career-low marks for Matt Holliday. As a result, the Cardinals opted to decline his 2017 option. He signed a one-year $13 million deal with the Yankees in what seems to be a perfect match. Holliday could be deployed exclusively at designated hitter, which should help keep his lower body healthy and allow him to return to being a quality middle-of-the-order hitter. Think of him as Carlos Beltran at a discount.
Holliday went 3-for-5 with a walk, a double, three runs scored and a three-run homer in the 10th inning to give the Yankees a 14-11 win over the Orioles on Friday. The walkoff shot was Holliday's third home run of the season. The 37-year-old is now slashing .263/.411/.474 with 13 RBI through 19 games, and his .885 OPS would be his highest mark since 2011 if he can keep up the pace.
Holliday is not in the lineup for Friday's series opener with the Pirates, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. With the Yankees playing in a National League park, there's no designated hitter to keep Holliday in the lineup, so he'll head to the bench for a night off. The Yankees could try to slide Holliday into the lineup in the corner outfield or at first base in order to get him some action this weekend, but that will be determined in the coming days.
Holliday went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer during Monday's win over the White Sox. This was a nice return for the veteran, as Holliday had missed the prior two games with lower-back stiffness. He also snapped an 0-for-11 slump with the homer and is now up to eight RBI through 11 games. Holliday should continue to provide respectable numbers hitting in the heart of the lineup, especially if the Yankees continue to pile on runs in bunches. It's just difficult to envision the 37-year-old remaining healthy all season after missing significant time in each of the past two campaigns.
Holliday (back) is expected to be available for Monday's contest against the White Sox, the Associated Press reports. The 37-year-old was a late scratch Saturday with a stiff lower back and missed Sunday's game with the ailment, but manager Joe Girardi indicated Holliday was feeling much better. If and when he's ready to return to the lineup, Holliday figures to serve as the DH and hit somewhere in the middle of the order, where he'll see his fair share of RBI opportunities.
Holliday (back) remains out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Cardinals. The veteran is set to sit out his second straight game after being scratched with back tightness earlier in the series. Jacoby Ellsbury will take over as the Yankees' designated hitter and bat cleanup against Adam Wainwright. Holliday's next chance to return will come Monday when the Yankees open up a series against the White Sox.
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