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.
Fox Sports Detroit has named Matt Shepard their new full-time play-by-play guy for Tigers games. Shepard will work with analysts Jack Morris and Kirk Gibson, who will split time.
This is the move in response to former longtime announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen getting suspended and later fired following an in-booth altercation in Chicago last September. The two of them, who weren’t exactly friends, reportedly fought over a chair, with conflicting reports of how serious the fight was. An anonymous witness said Allen put Impemba in a choke hold. Allen recently gave an interview in which he denied that and said it was only some pushing and shoving. Either way, it ended their 16-year team-up for Tigers games.
Shepard has worked for Fox Sports Detroit for nearly 20 years, doing fill-in play-by-play for the Tigers — he replaced Impemba for the last few weeks of last season — and for Detroit Pistons games. Gibson has been a part time analyst for the network for the past couple of seasons, splitting time with Allen. Morris has done Tigers, Blue Jays and Twins games over the years, sometimes even splitting time between the Twins and Tigers, which is rather unusual.
Shepard is pretty good at his job. While Tigers fans liked and were familiar with Impemba, there won’t be a falloff in quality. Gibson makes some good analytical points and has a surprisingly sharp and biting sense of humor about him, but his gruff and monotone delivery is not everyone’s cup of tea. You get used to it. Morris is not my cup of tea — he tends to do a lot of the “back in my day” stuff former players often do — but I’m pretty sure he could recite the dictionary on TV in Detroit and a lot of Tigers fans would tune in. Such is life.