Hol­l­i­day likely back for ALCS

Winnipeg Free Press - - SPORTS - ERIK BOLAND

OUSTON — With­out di­rectly say­ing so, Joe Gi­rardi in­di­cated that Matt Hol­l­i­day will be re­turn­ing to the Yan­kees’ lineup.

And likely sooner rather than later. “Stay tuned,” Gi­rardi said with a slight smile Thurs­day af­ter­noon, re­fer­ring to po­ten­tial play­ing time for the

H37-year-old des­ig­nated hitter against the Hous­ton Astros in the Amer­i­can League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries. Hol­l­i­day, who could get the nod in tonight’s Game 1 in Hous­ton against Astros left-han­der Dal­las Keuchel, did not play in the Yan­kees’ five-game AL Di­vi­sion Se­ries vic­tory over the Cleve­land In­di­ans.

He has not ap­peared in a game since Oct. 1 against the Toronto Blue Jays, when he went 1-for-4 with a home run. Jacoby Ells­bury and Chase Headley shared DH du­ties in the Cleve­land se­ries and com­bined to go 0-for-16.

“We’re go­ing to look at it on a daily ba­sis, what we think is the best thing to do, and you go from there,” Gi­rardi said of his DH plans for the se­ries.

Hol­l­i­day, signed to a one-year, US$13mil­lion con­tract be­fore the sea­son, hit .231 and slugged .432 with 19 homers in 105 games this sea­son. A vi­ral in­fec­tion suf­fered in mid-June in­ter­rupted a promis­ing sea­son. Af­ter re­turn­ing July 14, Hol­l­i­day hit .179 with four homers in 37 games.

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