Watch as Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis calmly takes one away from the Cubs’ David Ross …
That would have been a two-run shot for Ross, who doesn’t have a home run in 49 at-bats this season.
Per Matheny: Holliday has a grade two strain. They’ll get him treatment and reevaluate in two weeks. #STLCards
— Jim Hayes (@TheCatOnFox) June 9, 2015
Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams suffered a Grade 3 strain in late May and needed surgery, leaving it doubtful that he will be able to return this season. Holliday’s strain isn’t nearly as severe and he should make it back later this summer. Randal Grichuk figures to become an everyday player now for the Cardinals. He’s starting in right field on Tuesday night against the Rockies, with Jon Jay getting the nod in left field and Peter Bourjos covering center. Jason Heyward is on the bench against Colorado lefty Jorge De La Rosa.
Holliday was batting .303 with a .417 on-base percentage through 52 games this season for the Cardinals, who still hold the best record in Major League Baseball despite losing Adams a few weeks ago and Adam Wainwright in April. Setup man Jordan Walden has also been out since April with a shoulder strain.
From Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News …
Hunter Pence wasn’t sure if he’d need to go back on the disabled list. Giants manager Bruce Bochy is willing to wait a day.
This much is clear: Pence’s left wrist remained too sore to return to the Giants lineup Tuesday night as the club opens a three-game series against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Pence felt more discomfort in his wrist when he tried to swing off a tee and take soft-toss batting practice.
This is going to be the seventh consecutive day off for Pence. San Francisco could backdate a 15-day disabled list stint to June 3, and that’s probably what the club will do Wednesday considering Pence isn’t making significant progress. Gregor Blanco is in right field for the Giants on Tuesday night against the Mets. Justin Maxwell has also been drawing some starts in right.
Pence was batting .282/.329/.451 with two home runs, four doubles, and 13 RBI through his first 18 games this season. The 32-year-old missed all of April and half of May because of a fractured left forearm.
Edwin Encarnacion was held out of the Blue Jays’ starting lineup on Sunday and Monday after getting a cortisone shot for his ailing left shoulder on Saturday, but he is back in there on Tuesday night, batting cleanup and serving as Toronto’s designated hitter against Marlins right-hander Dan Haren.
The cortisone injection apparently did the trick.
Encarnacion has a disappointing .219/.310/.439 slash line in 55 games this season, but that has come alongside 12 home runs and 33 RBI. “EE” should be able to get it all working soon enough. The 32-year-old slugger had a .916 OPS (150 OPS+) between 2012-2014.
As first reported by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Braves have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with left-handed reliever Dana Eveland.
Eveland opted out of a minor league deal with the Red Sox last week after going two months without a hint of a possible promotion. He had registered an impressive 1.54 ERA, 0.857 WHIP, and 20/3 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket. The 31-year-old southpaw will report to Triple-A Gwinnett initially but should soon get a look in Atlanta.
David Aardsma, another veteran reliever, inked a minor league deal with the Braves on Saturday.