Monday, April 4, 2011

Matt Holliday hopes to stay off the DL

Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday, who had an emergency appendectomy this past Friday, hopes to stay off the disabled list (DL), but a decision will be made by Tuesday, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"I told them I would like to not go on the DL," Holliday said Monday afternoon. "I can play in 15 days, if they can do without me for a few games."

Despite playing with stomach discomfort, Holliday had three hits including a home run when the Cardinals opened their season on Thursday.

But he decided to get his stomach checked for "piece of mind" on Friday, an off day and had the appendectomy the same day.

"I've been having some pain in my stomach for awhile," Holliday said. "I think this is a fairly in-line procedure. It was a little more than a regular stomach ache. Sometimes you never know. ... We had an off day and for peace of mind I wanted to get the tests."

The team begins a ten-game (in ten days) road trip on Friday against the Giants, Diamondbacks and Dodgers.