Holliday makes immediate impact in return

Holliday makes immediate impact in return

Holliday makes immediate impact in return
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday returned to the lineup in a 2-1 win on Saturday, singling in the ninth inning to open the door for the club's late rally.

Holliday, who finished Saturday 1-for-4, missed the previous nine games with an inflamed tendon on the middle finger of his right hand. The Cardinals were 6-3 in his absence.

Manager Tony La Russa said Holliday was available to pinch-hit during a 5-1 loss on Friday, but the opportunity did not arise. Holliday would have hit for Ryan Theriot in the eighth inning, but Allen Craig hit into an inning-ending double play with Theriot on deck.

Holliday said he was, "ready to go," after a successful batting practice session before Friday's contest.

A four-time National League All-Star, Holliday injured the finger while swinging in the on-deck circle in Pittsburgh.