Mike Olt is too young to be a designated hitter, apparently

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One would think that you want to use your DH slot to get your best available bat in the game. Ron Washington thinks differently.  After talking about working with rookie Mike Olt on his defense, he had this to say about using him when he’s not playing third base:

The skipper said he doesn’t want to use Olt as a designated hitter at this point.

“He’s too young to DH,” Washington said.

Yeah, you need to at least 35 to be a good DH. Just ask Michael Young and his .271/.297/.348 line. You can’t replace that with a young guy.

Cardinals activate Greg Holland from disabled list

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The Cardinals announced on Tuesday that reliever Greg Holland has been activated from the 10-day disabled list. Reliever Matt Bowman heads back to the DL with blisters on his right middle finger.

Holland, 32, has been out of action since late May due to a right hip impingement. Holland signed a one-year, $14 million deal with the Cardinals at the end of March, but it hasn’t been going well. He has given up 15 runs (14 earned) on 20 hits and 15 walks with 10 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings this season.

Bowman, 27, missed about a month between May 17 and June 14 due to blister issues. He appeared in only three games before heading back. Bowman gave up two runs and recorded two outs in Monday’s 6-5 walk-off loss to the Phillies.