Cardinals hoping Matt Holliday will play again this season

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Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday just recently returned from the disabled list after missing six weeks with a torn quadriceps muscle and now he’s headed back to the DL with the same injury.

Missing another six weeks would leave Holliday with little time to play again during the regular season, but general manager John Mozeliak told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the Cardinals are hopeful the latest injury is less severe and will require a shorter recovery timetable.

Either way the Cardinals will likely be without Holliday until at least September, leaving rookie Stephen Piscotty as the primary left fielder and trade pickup Brandon Moss as the primary first baseman.

Voted into the All-Star game as a National League starter but unable to play, Holliday has hit .290 with four homers and an .830 OPS in 63 games at age 35. He’s topped an .800 OPS in all 12 of his MLB seasons and this year will be his first with fewer than 120 games played.

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.