Cardinals Activate Reliever Greg Holland

photo: Greg Holland (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis Cardinals press release

Greg Holland (St. Louis Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s (Tuesday’s) game that they have activated pitcher Greg Holland from the 10-day disabled list and placed pitcher Matt Bowman on the 10-day disabled list with right hand middle finger blisters.

Holland, out since May 26 with a right hip impingement, has missed 22 games. The right-hander made a combined five appearances between Memphis (AAA) and Springfield (AA) during his recent injury rehabilitation assignments, working 5.0 innings, allowing four runs with four strikeouts.

Matt Bowman (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Holland has appeared in 18 games for the Cardinals this season with an 0-2 record and a 9.45 ERA in 13.1 innings.

Bowman, 27, took the loss in last night’s extra-inning defeat in Philadelphia. He has made 20 total appearances for St. Louis this season and is 0-2 with a 5.75 ERA. Bowman previously missed 26 games this season while recovering from right hand finger blisters (May 18-June 14).

Brian Walton’s take

The Holland part was expected. Anyone who does not understand why he is back with St. Louis, please read this article: “Holland is Back with the Cardinals Because He Wants to Be”.

The Bowman part was unexpected. I readily admit that I am not a blister expert, but the fact that Bowman just came off the disabled list on Friday raises several questions, including:

  • How healed was he, really?
  • How much of a factor were the blisters in Monday night’s heart-breaking loss in Philadelphia?
  • Should he have been pitching at all?


Some detail on Bowman’s condition:

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