No timetable yet for Matt Holliday’s return to the Cardinals

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St. Louis has kept rolling along to the best record in baseball despite an assortment of injuries to key players, but the Cardinals would sure like to have All-Star left fielder Matt Holliday available for the playoffs.

Holliday, who’s been on the disabled list since late July with a right quadriceps strain, felt good enough to take live batting practice Tuesday at Busch Stadium. By all reports his bat looked just fine, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’s not close to running at full strength yet and the plan is to hold off on activating him until that’s no longer an issue.

There’s no timetable for his return and the Cardinals can certainly afford to be patient with his recovery timetable, but for now at least Holliday seems optimistic about being fully healthy for October.

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.