According to Rick Hummel and Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa confirmed earlier today that Matt Holliday will not require a stint on the disabled list following his appendectomy last Friday.
“He is not being disabled. He’s making enough progress now that he’ll be back before 15 days. So we’ll keep it going, without adding anyone (to the roster).”
Holliday was expected to be shut down from all physical activity for five days following the procedure, but he played catch and did some sprints prior to tonight’s game against the Pirates. He told B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest that there has been some talk about him swinging a bat for the first time Thursday.
The Cardinals are still holding out hope that Holliday will be able to return to the lineup for this weekend’s series against the Giants.
Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.
Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.
Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.