Matt Holliday is ready to rejoin the Cardinals after a month-long absence

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Matt Holliday, who sat out the All-Star game with a quadriceps injury that’s sidelined him for the past month, is hoping to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Cardinals’ lineup when they begin the second half Friday.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Holliday “participated in batting practice at the All-Star game and was out on the field hours before first pitch to go through a series of running drills.”

It’s worth noting that for the past couple weeks Holliday has generally seemed much more optimistic about his return timetable than manager Mike Matheny and the Cardinals have, at least publicly.

Holliday hit .303 with three homers and an .839 OPS in 52 games before the injury, getting voted into the National League’s starting lineup by fans. Randal Grichuk has been his primary replacement and the 23-year-old rookie actually has a higher OPS (.853) than Holliday.