Cardinals LF Matt Holliday breaks a bat on contact during an at-bat Tuesday. By Lakisha Jackson
St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday stands behind a batting cage during spring training baseball Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
JUPITER, Fla. (KMOV) - Matt Holliday is back.
After being held out almost two weeks to rest a strained muscle in his rib cage, Holliday will play today against the Boston Red Sox.
Holliday, re-signed in the offseason to a 7 year/$125 million, hasn't played since March 9. In five plate appearances this spring, Holliday has two doubles with five walks.
Brad Penny is scheduled to pitch against his former team today when the Cardinals face the Boston Red Sox in a make-up game of a March 12 rain-out.
Penny was slated to start Sunday afternoon in Lake Buena Vista against the Atlanta Braves, but was scratched just before gametime because Cardinals management feared he would not get in a full workload before the rain started (turned out to be a good decision because the game got rained-out after an inning and a half).
Another name to keep tabs on for today's game is pitcher Adam Ottavino, who is scheduled to make an appearance. The Cardinals' 2006 first-round pick in the free agent draft has mightily impressed coaches this spring and continues to push for a possible spot in the bullpen.