Holliday returning to lineup on Monday
Outfielder sidelined with strained right intercostal muscle
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Brad Penny has to wait a day to make his next scheduled Grapefruit League start, but on the bright side, he'll have Matt Holliday in the lineup when he pitches.
A rainout on Sunday afternoon at Champion Stadium sent the Cardinals shuffling a bit as far as their starting pitching. But as manager Tony La Russa laid out his lineups for Monday's split-squad matchups against the Astros and Red Sox, the bigger news had nothing to do with the rain in the Orlando area. La Russa told reporters that Matt Holliday, who has not played since March 9 due to a strained right intercostal muscle, will return to the lineup on Monday against the Red Sox at Roger Dean Stadium.
Sunday's game was called due to rain in the top of the second inning with the Cardinals leading, 1-0.
Holliday will be part of a star-laden lineup for the Redbirds at home against Boston. A team consisting of many fewer regulars will play against the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla., as part of a split-squad day. Joining Holliday and Penny in the lineup at home will be Albert Pujols, Skip Schumaker, Brendan Ryan and Colby Rasmus.
Holliday, 30, has not played for almost two weeks due to a strained right intercostal muscle. He last played on March 9 against the Twins in Fort Myers. In three games thus far this spring, Holliday is 2-for-5 with two doubles and four walks.
Kyle Lohse will start in Kissimmee. Lohse had originally been slated to pitch the home game, with Jaime Garcia starting on the road. Instead, Lohse and Garcia will both pitch in Kissimmee, with Penny at home in Jupiter.
Following Tuesday's off-day, the Cardinals do not plan to adjust their rotation. Either Rich Hill or Kyle McClellan will start Wednesday, followed by Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.