The news was officially confirmed this morning. New York Yankees DH Matt Holliday will make a return trip to the disabled list.
After much speculation and poor performance from Matt Holliday since his return to the New York Yankees, he has officially been place on the 10-day DL this morning.
Holliday tweaked his back during a swing on Friday night, according to multiple sources, and the option was explored to place him back on the DL.
The Yankees PR Department reported this morning that Holliday’s DL stint is due to a left lumbar strain.
The @Yankees have placed DH Matt Holliday on the 10-day D.L. (retro to 8/5) w/ a left lumbar strain & recalled 1B Garrett Cooper from SWB.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) August 6, 2017
In the corresponding move, the Yankees recalled Garrett Cooper from Triple-A Scranton to provide some more assistance at the first base position behind Chase Headley.
Another option could have been Miguel Andujar, who is red-hot in Triple-A but the Yankees went with the Cooper call-up.
Holliday has played in 88 games this season and has performed well up until he contracted a virus on their road trip in Oakland. He batted .275 with 15 home runs prior to his first DL stint. Since his return, he is only batting .120 with one home run.
Hopefully this time on the DL gives Holliday a chance to relax and right himself before it becomes crunch time for the team.
Holliday’s stint on the 10-day DL will be retroactive from Aug. 5. As it’s his second DL stint this year, fans are asking if his contract is worth it.
When he produces, absolutely. But remember that Holliday is on a one-year deal with the Yankees. Might as well get what we can out of a healthy Matt Holliday while we can.