For the first time in eight days Matt Holliday will return to the lineup after suffering tightness of the quadriceps muscle in his left leg.
The left fielder was lifted on May 22 against the Kansas City Royals after re-aggravating the injury and did not play during the San Diego series earlier this week. Last Friday, Holliday made his first plate appearance, an intentional walk, since sustaining the injury.
According to the four-time All-Star, everything is good to go.
“I feel good,” Holliday said. “You never take your health for granted, but I feel pretty good. It’s nice to be able to get back out there.”
When asked if he was 100 percent healthy, Holliday laughed.
“If 110 percent is all you’ve got, then I’d probably say I’m 107 [percent].”
McClellan eyeing seventh win…Kyle McClellan (6-1) has been dominant for Tony La Russa and the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011. Today, the right-hander is vying for his seventh victory of the season, and would become the sixth pitcher in the National League and the second Cardinal to do so. Kyle Lohse (7-2) is among the pool of starters with seven wins to this date.
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