Matt Holliday is not close to returning to the Cardinals

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Matt Holliday told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that his torn right quadriceps muscle is getting “better” and “stronger,” but there’s no timetable yet for the Cardinals left fielder to come off the disabled list.

Holliday has been out since June 8 and recently began hitting and throwing, but the big test will be when he tries to do some running on the injured leg.

Here’s what manager Mike Matheny said about Holliday’s status:

We’re not putting a lot of pressure on him to rush. He’ll be back when he’s ready.

Having baseball’s best record at 48-24 gives the Cardinals plenty of reason to be patient and play things safe with injuries. And fill-in left fielder Randal Grichuk’s good production gives the team even less reason rush Holliday back.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

Darin Ruf
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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.