St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday sits on the bench after being picked off at second base during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres on opening day Thursday, March 31, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals will wait a few days before deciding whether to place Matt Holliday on the disabled list following his appendectomy.
Holliday had the surgery Friday but the team believes the condition was caught early and it's possible he might be able to return before the end of a 15-day DL stint.
Manager Tony La Russa said the team would wait until Monday or Tuesday, hinting that Holliday might even stop by Busch Stadium on Saturday.
David Freese took Holliday's cleanup spot against San Diego Padres left-hander Clayton Richard and Allen Craig played in left field. La Russa said he'd likely move Lance Berkman up from fifth to cleanup against right-handed pitchers while Holliday is out.
Craig, who was batting sixth, and Jon Jay will get the bulk of the playing time.
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