Holliday hoping to return to action by Sunday

Holliday hoping to return to action by Sunday

Holliday hoping to return to action by Sunday
SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Holliday engaged in a full workout Friday morning, his first since undergoing an appendectomy on April 1, and hopes to return to game action during the Cardinals' weekend series against the Giants.

"I don't think that's a stretch," Holliday said. "I think Sunday's definitely a possibility, and possibly even tomorrow depending on [how things go]. I can't say without talking to Greg [Hauck, the Cardinals' head athletic trainer], but in my mind, that's definitely a possibility."

Manager Tony La Russa seemed less sanguine about Holliday's chances of playing in San Francisco, but didn't rule it out.

"I think that's probably really a push," La Russa said. "I'm not saying he wouldn't, because he was in such great shape when he got hurt and we're anxious to get him back, but that seems like a push. But if they give him the green light and he says he's ready to go ..."

La Russa did say he fully expects Holliday to play before the end of the Cardinals' current road trip, which runs through April 17, but that's not exactly news. If the club didn't expect Holliday to play sooner than that, he would have been placed on the 15-day disabled list.