Matt Holliday hoping to avoid disabled list after appendectomy

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Matt Holliday spoke to reporters yesterday for the first time since undergoing an emergency appendectomy last week and Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports that “it was quite clear that he’s not in any shape to be doing anything athletic right now.”

Holliday has been shut down from all physical activity for at least five days, but stressed to Leach that he still hopes to avoid the disabled list, saying: “I think I can play before 15 days if they can make it without me for the first week.”

Leach notes that Andres Torres last season and Reggie Sanders in 2005 both made it back into the lineup within two weeks following appendectomies, although in some cases the timetable can be as long as a month.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.