A strained right quad landed Matt Holliday on the disabled list not once, but twice, during the 2015 season. Before his DL stints, Holliday did a fine job of getting on base (.417 OBP) and driving in runs (26 RBI in 218 plate appearances), but he did not contribute much in limited time after that. His power was also absent throughout the year, as he hit a total of four home runs. Maybe after a season of rest, Holliday can rebound, but entering his age-36 season, he could be on the slippery slope of decline. His greatest appeal is in points and OBP formats, but even there, Holliday is merely a mid-round option in standard mixed leagues.
Holliday has been working on playing first base during his offseason workouts in Florida, MLB.com's Tom Singer reports. He has never played a position other than left field in his major league career, so this would be a big change. Given the Cardinals current roster, there could be times when it might make sense to play Holliday at first base, specifically when a lefty is on the mound for the opposing team, as Matt Adams has a .197 career average against southpaws.
Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup due to a rain delay. With the rain still pouring, most of the Cardinals regulars will be swapped out in a concentrated effort to prepare for the postseason. Holliday will be replaced in left field by Tommy Pham.
Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday went 2 for 4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored in a 5-1 win over Milwaukee on Saturday. This is just what the doctor ordered, as Holliday has been in and out of the lineup after returning from a quad injury. The Cardinals will surely want to ramp up his playing time going into the playoffs and he should see more at-bats over the final week of the season.
Cardinals OF Matt Holliday is not in the lineup Thursday. Holliday had been held out of the starting lineup with an undisclosed injury for six games before returning to left field last night, going 1 for 3 with a double against the Reds. With the Cardinals gearing up for the playoffs, Holliday's day off is more than likely due to caution and rest rather than a specific injury.
Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is back in the lineup Wednesday. The 35-year-old is hitting third in the order and playing in left field against Reds' lefty Brandon Finnegan. While it's unclear how long Holliday might play in left field Wednesday, his start is promising considering he last started a game since July 28.