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Matt Holliday | Outfielder | #7

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (36) / 1/15/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 7 (0) / COL
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Holliday said Saturday that he intends to continue playing in 2017, even if it isn't in St. Louis.
"I have a lot of good baseball left in me", the veteran outfielder acknowledged. He had a memorable moment in perhaps his last at-bat as a Cardinal on Friday, socking a pinch-hit homer after being greeted by a standing ovation from the Cardinals' faithful. He may be best suited for a DH role at this point, so a move to the American League could be in order. Oct 1 - 12:23 PM

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Matt Holliday (thumb) slugged a dramatic pinch-hit homer in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Pirates.

Now that’s a moment. Holliday, who broke his left thumb back on August 11, was activated from the disabled list on Friday so he could make one last appearance for the fans in St. Louis. He was greeted with a standing ovation in the seventh inning before swatting an opposite-field blast off Zach Phillips. Oddly, this was the first pinch-hit homer of his career. The Cardinals have already informed Holliday that they don’t plan to pick up the $17 million option on his contract for 2017, so this was likely goodbye. You couldn’t have drawn it up much better.
Oct 1 - 12:58 AM

Cardinals activated OF Matt Holliday from the 15-day disabled list.

He's not going to play much in the final weekend, though, as the Cards just want to get him a token appearance so that the impending free agent can be recognized by the fans. General manager John Mozeliak said Friday that the likelihood of the team picking up Holliday's option for 2017 is "very low."
Sep 30 - 5:24 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals "are ready to activate" Matt Holliday (thumb).

It's a change in course, as just a couple days ago Goold reported that Holliday returning was unlikely. However, Goold cautions that it's "hard to tell what role (if any)" Holliday will have in the final weekend. It could just be an opportunity for him to get a token plate appearance or two in order to be recognized by the fans since he's an impending free agent. Holliday has missed the last seven weeks with a fractured thumb.
Sep 30 - 4:53 PM

Jon Heyman of reports that the Cardinals do not plan to exercise Matt Holliday's $17 million option for 2017.

He also adds that they won't extend him a similarly priced qualifying offer, either. Holliday, who will turn 37 over the winter, has had a career-worst season at the plate, batting .242/.318/.450 with 19 homers over 424 plate appearances. He's missed the last seven weeks with a fractured thumb.
Sep 30 - 9:27 AM

Matt Holliday (thumb) is doubtful to return to the Cardinals' active roster this year.

Holliday was aiming to take live batting practice over the weekend, but it didn't happen. The veteran outfielder is apparently still dealing with some discomfort and strength issues surrounding his surgically-repaired right thumb. St. Louis has an interesting decision to make this winter with Holliday holding a $17 million club option for 2017. He posted a career-low .768 OPS with 19 homers and 60 RBI in 107 games this season and will turn 37 years old in January.
Sep 27 - 5:19 PM

Matt Holliday (thumb) will not take batting practice this weekend.

He's going to meet with a specialist and hopefully try again Monday. Holliday has encountered numerous setbacks in his recovery from thumb surgery and is running out of time to make his return with only a week left in the regular season. The 36-year-old hasn't played since August 11.
Sep 24 - 6:28 PM

Matt Holliday (thumb) will take live batting practice again this weekend before being activated from the disabled list.

Holliday took live BP on Friday with no issues but the Cardinals want to see him do it once more before they return him to the active roster. It's unclear whether Holliday would be ready for regular at-bats right away upon activation. He's been out since early August with a fractured right thumb.
Sep 23 - 12:58 PM

Matt Holliday (thumb) took live batting practice Friday at Wrigley Field.

Holliday was scratched from a simulated game last Saturday due to swelling in his surgically-repaired right thumb, but he resumed live hitting earlier this week. It seems likely that he's not going to be 100 percent at any point the rest of the way, but the Cardinals could wind up activating him, anyway, even it's to be used in a secondary role.
Sep 23 - 11:09 AM

Matt Holliday was scratched from Saturday's simulated game after experiencing renewed swelling in his surgically-repaired thumb.

Holliday broke his thumb about a month ago but was hoping to return later this year. Saturday's setback might put a wrench in that plan. Brandon Moss and a host of others have occupied left field during his absence.
Sep 17 - 7:37 PM

Matt Holliday (thumb) is scheduled to take live batting practice on Saturday.

The veteran outfielder says that his surgically-repaired thumb is still sore, but he holds out hope that he'll be able to return to the Cardinals lineup before the end of the regular season.
Sep 16 - 8:05 PM

Matt Holliday (thumb) is expected to face live pitching later this week in San Francisco.

He'll take part in a simulated game with some of the Cardinals' other injured players. Holliday has been on the disabled list since early August due to a fractured right thumb. He's been taking batting practice for the last couple of days and seems to be trending toward a return next week.
Sep 13 - 5:15 PM

Matt Holliday (thumb) was able to take batting practice with his teammates at Busch Stadium on Thursday.

Holliday has been on the shelf since early August due to a fractured right thumb, but received clearance earlier in the week to resume baseball activities. He's on track to rejoin the Cardinals in late September.
Sep 8 - 6:47 PM

Matt Holliday (thumb) said that he will begin dry swings and playing catch this week.

Holliday, out since early August with a fractured right thumb, received medical clearance to resume baseball activities on Wednesday and will start up with the dry swings and flat-ground throwing. The best-case scenario is that Holliday will be able to recover in time to rejoin the Cardinals sometime in late September. It's going to be at least two weeks, and possibly more than three.
Sep 7 - 8:03 PM

Matt Holliday (thumb) has been medically cleared to begin taking part in baseball activities.

The Cardinals are hoping Holliday will be ready for a return to action in 2-3 weeks. He initially fractured his right thumb after being hit by a pitch on August 11. The veteran outfielder subsequently underwent surgery. He had the cast removed from his thumb near the end of August. Now that he has been medically cleared for baseball activities, it should become much more clear in the coming days whether Holliday will be able to rejoin the Cardinals before the end of the regular season.
Sep 7 - 6:42 PM

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SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jhonny Peralta
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