Holliday off DL for Cards farewell
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.