Jay may benefit with Holliday out of action
April, 1, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
Well, at least St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday doesn't need Tommy John surgery. It could be worse. But the news Friday that Holliday will need an appendectomy and perhaps a disabled-list stint -- it's not a lock -- is obviously not good for fantasy owners looking for a quick start. Hey, at least you got a home run from Holliday on Thursday! And no, this is not an April Fools' Day joke.
Recovery from an appendectomy doesn't take more than a few weeks. Last season San Francisco Giants outfielder Andres Torres underwent the procedure in mid-September and was back in the lineup in fewer than 15 days, though I imagine the fact the team was in a pennant race -- which it eventually won -- accelerated the recovery. He didn't hit, but he wasn't hitting in the weeks before the surgery, either.