Holliday has appendectomy; timetable uncertain

Holliday has appendectomy; timetable uncertain

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals confirmed on Friday afternoon that outfielder Matt Holliday had undergone an emergency appendectomy in St. Louis. According to a club spokesman, the procedure was successful, and "all went well."

Added Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak: "Everything went well, [and we] should have another update [Saturday]."

The Cardinals have not offered any timetable for Holliday's return to baseball, choosing to wait until after he is examined by the team's medical staff, but other players who have undergone the surgery have generally missed anywhere from two to five or six weeks.

The Giants' Andres Torres missed only 12 days last September, and Cardinals outfielder Reggie Sanders was also out for less than two weeks during Spring Training in 2005. Cardinals utility man Eduardo Perez was able to pinch-hit roughly a week after his appendectomy in 2003, but it was two weeks before he was able to play in the field.

More common, though, are examples such as the Brewers' Corey Hart, who missed five weeks in 2009. San Diego's Tim Stauffer, who started Opening Day against the Cardinals on Thursday, missed two months between Major League starts last year -- but that included six Minor League rehabilitation starts. It was about one month from when Stauffer had the surgery until he was pitching in games again. Former Cardinal Cesar Izturis was out five weeks when he had an appendectomy as a member of the Orioles in 2009, while former Reds and current Padres pitcher Aaron Harang was out from Aug. 22 until the end of the 2009 season.

According to the club, Dr. Chris Eagon of the Washington University medical staff performed the operation on Holliday.

Holliday, 31, had a big game on Opening Day for the Cardinals, going 3-for-4 with a home run.

In 2010, his first full season in St. Louis, Holliday batted .312 with a .390 on-base percentage, .532 slugging percentage, 28 home runs, 45 doubles and 103 RBIs.

Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.