Cardinals carrying on without Holliday; when will he return?

News-DemocratJuly 23, 2013 

— Allen Craig again will be in left field for the disabled Matt Holliday at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday when the St. Louis Cardinals open a three-game series against Philadelphia.

But Holliday, recovering from a strained right hamstring, ran in the outfield before the game and said he will be ready to come off the DL on Saturday.

"I feel great. I feel like I'm ready to go. One hundred percent," said Holliday, whose running drills were observed by trainer Greg Hauck. "The last couple of days have just been really good. I ran pretty hard a couple of days ago, but this was with no restrictions whatsoever. I have no more hurdles to clear or anything."

That's encouraging news for Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.

"Hopefully, he just takes these next few days and continues to improve and we'll have him ready this weekend," he said.

Shelby Miller (9-6, 2.92 ERA) will pitch against the Phillies' Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.89 ERA) in the series opener. Miller is making his first appearance in 13 days.

The Phillies are making their first and only trip to St. Louis in the regular season.

Here are the lineups:

CARDINALS (59-37)

Matt Carpenter, 2B

Jon Jay, CF

Carlos Beltran, RF

Allen Craig, LF

Yadier Molina, C

Matt Adams, 1B

David Freese, 3B

Pete Kozma, SS

Shelby Miller, P

PHILLIES (49-50)

Jimmy Rollins, SS

Michael Young, 3B

Chase Utley, 2B

Domonic Brown, LF

Delmon Young, RF

Darin Ruf, 1B

John Mayberry, CF

Carlos Ruiz, C

Jonathan Pettibone, P

Contact reporter David Wilhelm at dwilhelm@bnd.com or 239-2665.

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