By Matt Snyder
Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday will not go on the disabled list, according to manager Tony La Russa. This coming just four days after having an appendectomy sidelined the All-Star.
"He is not being disabled. He's making enough progresss now that he'll be back before 15 days. So we'll keep it going, without adding anyone (to the roster)," La Russa said. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch )
Holliday has played catch and run a few sprints and is expected to take batting practice Wednesday. He will reportedly appear some time during the Cardinals' upcoming 10-game road trip -- which includes stops at San Francisco, Arizona and Los Angeles. He will likely be available to pinch hit before returning to full-time duty in left field, but there's no specific word on when that will happen.
Holliday went 3-4 with a home run and two RBI on opening day. He went to the doctor the following morning as what he described as a prolonged "stomach ache" wouldn't subside. Friday morning is when doctors discovered he needed surgery to remove his appendix.
A return within the next few weeks would be a pretty fast turnaround. Most players take about a month to return after an appendectomy, though last season Andres Torres of the Giants was back after 13 days.
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