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Matt Holliday could rejoin the Cardinals next week

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Matt Holliday has been sidelined since June 8 with a Grade 2 strain of his right quadriceps muscle, but the Cardinals haven’t given up hope on having him back before the All-Star break.

According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Holliday resumed taking batting practice this week without any issue. He still needs to ramp things up with his running before being cleared for game action. The hope is that he’ll show enough progress while traveling with the team next week.

“Still optimistic,” Matheny said of getting Holliday back in the lineup next week. “We do have hopes, but understand, too, that if something doesn’t feel right, look right, we can back off. But we’ll continue to try to push him.”

The 35-year-old Holliday had just three home runs in 52 games prior to the injury, but he was batting .303 with a .417 on-base percentage. Randal Grichuk and Peter Bourjos have functioned as regulars in the Cardinals’ lineup in recent days.