In less controversial news, the Cardinals announced this afternoon that outfielder Jon Jay was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what is being termed as a left wrist stress reaction and a bone bruise. The move cleared a spot for Tim Cooney, who will make a spot-start against the Padres tonight in place of Jaime Garcia.
Jay has been dealing with the injury all year and has already had one stint on the disabled list. The 30-year-old batted just .185 with a .542 OPS in 27 games after his return, so he wasn’t doing the team much good. The hope is that some additional rest will do the trick.
Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk will both be regulars with Jay sidelined, but the hope is that Matt Holliday could be ready to return from his quad injury around the All-Star break.
Matt Holliday was placed on the disabled list Tuesday after suffering a right quad injury in the outfield Monday night in Denver. An MRI was taken, and the official diagnosis is in …
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.
Matt Holliday has played 1,635 games in his career. 1,593 of them have come in the outfield, 22 of them at DH and the rest in various pinch-hitting or pinch-running capacities. Never has he played an inning at first base.
But . . .
Matt Adams’ season ended with a quad tear. Mark Reynolds is getting the playing time at first. He’s also not doing the one thing Mark Reynolds tends to do well, and that’s slug.
Could this be a move to maximize the playing time of Holliday, Jon Jay, Jason Heyward, Peter Bourjos, and Randal Grichuk while keeping Holliday in the lineup as well? Or is he just, you know, stretching his legs? Over at Viva El Birdos recently, Ben Humphrey assessed whether or not it was worth risking shifting Holliday and his presumably bad defense over to first for this kind of tradeoff.