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.

Marlins sign Cameron Maybin

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Tim Healey of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Marlins have signed free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin.

Maybin spent the 2017 season with the Angels and Astros, putting up a line of .228/.318/.365 in 450 plate appearances and appearing at least briefly in the World Series for Houston. That’s not the greatest batting line in the world, but he stole 33 bases in 114 games, so he has his value. Maybe more to fantasy players than a real baseball team, but the fact remains that if you don’t have three guys in the outfield, you’re gonna give up a lot of triples. Maybin will definitely be one of the guys in the outfield, at least part of the time.

This will be Maybin’s second tour of duty with the Marlins, having first come to them in 2007 in the famous — infamous, if you’re a Marlins fan — Miguel Cabrera trade. Maybin spent three seasons with the Marlins in that go-around.