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.

Angels release Matt Harvey

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Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.

Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.

Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.