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.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.