Hol­l­i­day off DL for Cards farewell

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

ST. LOUIS — The Car­di­nals ac­ti­vated Matt Hol­l­i­day from the dis­abled list Fri­day, and the vet­eran out­fielder could make his fi­nal ap­pear­ance with the team this week­end.

Hol­l­i­day broke his right thumb when he was hit by a pitch Aug. 11. The Car­di­nals are not plan­ning to pick up their $17 mil­lion op­tion on his con­tract for 2017.

“Matt had reached out to me ear­lier in the week to have an un­der­stand­ing of what we’re go­ing to do with his op­tion. I told him the prob­a­bil­ity of us pick­ing it up is low,” gen­eral man­ager John Mozeliak said.

Hol­l­i­day asked if he could come off the dis­abled list in or­der to make an ap­pear­ance be­fore the fans at Busch Sta­dium.

“It’s been seven-and-a-half great sea­sons, Matt has been an amaz­ing team­mate and we’ve had a lot of suc­cess,” Mozeliak said. “He is grate­ful for be­ing a part of the Car­di­nals the past seven-and-a-half years and he wants to ex­press his thank you to the fans.”

Man­ager Mike Ma­theny said he plans to use the 36-year-old Hol­l­i­day as a pinch hit­ter in one of the three fi­nal games against the Pi­rates.

Hol­l­i­day signed a seven-year, $120 mil­lion con­tract af­ter the 2010 sea­son that re­mains the largest in Car­di­nals his­tory. If the team de­clines to ex­er­cise his op­tion, he would re­ceive a $1 mil­lion buy­out.

Hol­l­i­day helped the team win the 2011 World Se­ries, the 2013 Na­tional League pen­nant and reach the play­offs the last five sea­sons. Since com­ing to the Car­di­nals at the trade dead­line in 2009, Hol­l­i­day has hit .292 with 155 home runs and made four All-Star teams.

Mozeliak did not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of ne­go­ti­at­ing a new deal af­ter the sea­son.

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