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Holliday's health (Updated)

In one of those cases where I'd sure like to be proved wrong, an Associated Press report indicates that Cardinals slugging outfielder Matt Holliday could be back sooner rather than later.

Holliday told the AP that he's hopeful of getting back into the St. Louis lineup by this weekend.

While having your appendix removed is usually a simple operation, missing only one week after having surgery would be amazing.

Here's what I wrote earlier today.

I'm surprised that the Cardinals have decided to play shorthanded by not putting Matt Holliday on the disabled list following his bout with appendicitis.

Holliday has asked the club not to disable him because he thinks he'll be able to play before the 15 days he would be ineligible for action were up. But is it wise to let a guy who had surgery on his abdomen make the twisting motion of a violent swing of a bat or let him be in a position where he might have to dive for a ball in the outfield less than two weeks later?

There is no guarantee Holliday will be healthy before the two weeks of DL time are up. How would he know how long it's going to take to heal? He's never had his appendix removed before... I admire that he wants to be back on the field as soon as possible. But the Redbirds are forced to play with a short bench while he's unavailable.

The worst thing that could happen is taking a gamble that Holliday will be back sooner than later -- and then finding out he's not ready in two weeks and that the club played a man down for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

There's not a lot to choose from on the Class AAA roster for a replacement. But, even if the Birds called up catcher Bryan Anderson, they'd have a bat that they could count on for pinch hitting duties and they'd have some flexibility in being able to make a double switch involving the catcher without fear they'd be left without a third backstop in an emergency.

One way or another, I can't wait for this situation to be over. Despite the alleged "improvements" the club made to the offense over the off-season, it apparently can't live without Holliday's bat -- even against the Pirates and the Padres. I shudder to think about what is going to happen during the upcoming west coast trip.

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