Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday feels good enough in his recovery from a torn quadriceps muscle that he wants to be activate from the disabled list this weekend, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Goold reports that Holliday went through workouts Tuesday in front of general manager John Mozeliak, who said afterward that the Cardinals “are going to be smart about this” to indicate that they may wait a while longer to bring back Holliday.
Also of note: Holliday plans to play in the All-Star game after being voted into the National League starting lineup by fans even though he hasn’t played for the Cardinals since June 8. Mozeliak seems less than enthused about that idea, however.
Reds ace Johnny Cueto turned in another dominant performance Tuesday night, throwing a complete-game, two-hit shutout against the Nationals while racking up 11 strikeouts and just one walk.
And within that exceptional outing he also had a little fun during Ian Desmond’s at-bat in the seventh inning, taking his usual mid-delivery pause to another level by … well, wiggling.
Desmond was so confused by Cueto that he backed off and just took the pitch for a strike. And then when Cueto tried it again the next pitch Desmond stayed focused and fouled it off. Desmond eventually struck out looking.
* I wrote the “wiggle it, just a little bit” headline thinking most people would remember the song I was referencing, but then I looked it up and it’s 25 years old. So now I’m sad about being old, but also going to spend all day listening to “Wiggle It” by 2 In A Room.
Two key players are ready to rejoin the Yankees after missing extended time with injuries, as manager Joe Girardi announced that center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and left-hander Andrew Miller are expected to come off the disabled list Wednesday.
Ellsbury has been on the DL since mid-May with a sprained right knee and his return was delayed a few days by leg fatigue while on a minor-league rehab assignment. He was hitting .324 with 14 steals in 37 games at the time of the injury and will resume leading off for the Yankees.
Miller has missed a month with a forearm injury, but Girardi indicated that he’ll step right back into the closer role after posting a 1.03 ERA and 43/10 K/BB ratio in 26 innings before being shut down. Dellin Betances will resume setup duties and the Yankees once again have MLB’s best one-two punch in the bullpen.