Matt Holliday wants to rejoin the Cardinals this weekend, plans to play in the All-Star game

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Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday feels good enough in his recovery from a torn quadriceps muscle that he wants to be activate from the disabled list this weekend, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Goold reports that Holliday went through workouts Tuesday in front of general manager John Mozeliak, who said afterward that the Cardinals “are going to be smart about this” to indicate that they may wait a while longer to bring back Holliday.

Also of note: Holliday plans to play in the All-Star game after being voted into the National League starting lineup by fans even though he hasn’t played for the Cardinals since June 8. Mozeliak seems less than enthused about that idea, however.

MLBPA proposes 114-game season, playoff expansion to MLB

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Major League Baseball Players Association has submitted a proposal to the league concerning the 2020 season. The proposal includes a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.

Passan clarifies that among the players who choose to opt out, only those that are considered “high risk” would still receive their salaries. The others would simply receive service time. The union also proposed that the players receive a non-refundable $100 million sum advance during what would essentially be Spring Training 2.

If the regular season were to begin in early July, as has often been mentioned as the target, that would give the league four months to cram in 114 games. There would have to be occasional double-headers, or the players would have to be okay with few off-days. Nothing has been mentioned about division realignment or a geographically-oriented schedule, but those could potentially ease some of the burden.

Last week, the owners made their proposal to the union, suggesting a “sliding scale” salary structure. The union did not like that suggestion. Players were very vocal about it, including on social media as Max Scherzer — one of eight players on the union’s executive subcommittee — made a public statement. The owners will soon respond to the union’s proposal. They almost certainly won’t be happy with many of the details, but the two sides can perhaps find a starting point and bridge the gap. As the calendar turns to June, time is running out for the two sides to hammer out an agreement on what a 2020 season will look like.