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Cardinals Hopeful To Have Holliday This Weekend

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak spoke at Busch Stadium during the club’s batting practice saying that Matt Holliday’s tendon injury is improving. The All-Star left fielder hit off a tee on Tuesday and plans to hit in the cage on Wednesday.

Mozeliak confirmed that the swelling in Holliday’s hand has gone down over the past few days. He did not want to put a specific time-table on Holliday’s possible return as the Cardinals are still considering him to be day-to-day. Even as just a pinch-hitter for a game this week in the series against the New York Mets, Mozeliak responded by saying it was unlikely.

The most positive news given about Holliday was that he could be available this weekend for the 3-game series with the Chicago Cubs.

Since Holliday’s hand became a problem last Tuesday night, and neither the Cardinals nor Holliday are exactly sure when the actual injury happened, the club has gone 4-1 over the past five days and to put themselves 2.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the Wild Card standings.

Allen Craig will continue to fill-in for Holliday in left field until he can return. Craig is facing the Mets for the first time this season as he was sidelined with his knee injury when the Redbirds played three at Citi Field in mid-July.

One additional noteworthy topic brought up in Mozeliak’s press conference was the contract extension negotiations with Lance Berkman and Rafael Furcal. About a week ago after re-signing Chris Carpenter to a 2-year deal, Mozeliak admitted that he would like to wrap up more deals in September if possible. Currently, he said that things were moving slow.

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