The St. Louis Cardinals decided not to put Matt Holliday on the disabled list Saturday, opting to wait a few days to see if the slugger can make a speedy return from an appendectomy.
The left fielder had the surgery Friday but the team thinks the condition was caught early and he could be back before the end of a 15-day DL stint.
Manager Tony La Russa said the team would wait until Monday or Tuesday.
General manager John Mozeliak said Holliday would have no baseball activities for five days, but indications were positive.
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“They’re saying it went well,” La Russa said.
FAN IN COMA
A savage beating by two men outside Dodgers Stadium has left a San Francisco Giants fan in a medically induced coma as police urged any witnesses to help identify the attackers.
The beating after Thursday’s season opener between the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers left the victim in critical but stable condition.
Police released composite sketches of the two suspects, who were wearing Dodgers clothing.
Investigators were also checking to see if any security cameras captured the attack, but Detective Larry Burcher said they had found “nothing of great value.”
A cracked cuticle was the culprit in Ubaldo Jimenez’s unusually poor performance on opening day, and it could force him to miss his next start. The Colorado Rockies’ ace said he was putting ointment on the cut and taping it up for two days in hopes of avoiding infection and speeding the healing. Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino left Saturday’s game against Houston with soreness in his left calf. The New York Yankees say they are finished flashing hand signals from the stands — at least for now. General manager Brian Cashman confirmed that the team received a call from the commissioner’s office inquiring about a club employee relaying information to players after each pitch on opening day. Also Saturday, Cashman said injured reliever Pedro Feliciano was “abused” by the New York Mets the last few years. Feliciano, on the disabled list with a strained left rotator cuff, has made 344 relief appearances since 2007, a major league record for a four-year stretch. The companion of a woman who was struck in the face by a shattered bat said she had to wait about 45 minutes Thursday before Kansas City Royals officials got her into an ambulance. Sue Cooney, 64, will require extensive surgery to repair damage to her cheek bone and eye socket. Boston’s David Ortiz set the major league record for RBI by a designated hitter. Ortiz drove in a run with a groundout in the fourth inning against Texas, giving him 1,004 career RBI as a DH and breaking the mark previously held by Seattle’s Edgar Martinez.