Matt Holliday Appendectomy: Can News Get Any Worse for the St. Louis Cardinals?
Matt Holliday is having an appendectomy, and the news for the St. Louis Cardinals continues to get worse just one game into the 2011 MLB season.
After hitting a home run in the season opener for the Cards, Holliday will now miss the next three to six weeks after undergoing surgery.
This is not the way the team wanted to begin the season.
They were unable to sign Albert Pujols to a long term contract extension, and will be unable to negotiate during the season at Pujols' request. The star first baseman set a deadline during spring training, and now the Cardinals risk losing the best player in baseball next offseason for nothing more than a draft pick.
Also, St. Louis lost Adam Wainwright before the season started, and he will not return before 2012.
Add that to what Holliday just announced, and this has the makings of a very long season in St. Louis. This is not what the Cardinals needed if they are hoping to convince Pujols to stay, although their offer will make his decision for him. If they do not come up from the $180-$200 million range, he will walk regardless of where the team finished this season.
An official press release from the Cardinals reported that "Holliday's return to play status will be determined once he undergoes a complete review by the team's Medical Staff." But it is expected that he will miss around a month, perhaps slightly more in a worse case scenario.
For more on the Cardinals and the National League Central, make sure to check out Bleacher Report Contributor Jonathan Owens, who takes a look at the NL Central: Which Team Will Win the Division in 2011? You'll Be Surprised!
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