Matt Holliday Taking Steps Toward New York Yankees Return
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Matt Holliday #17 of the New York Yankees strikes out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox on April 18, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

It’s been a long journey for the New York Yankees injured DH, but Matt Holliday is finally starting to make some progress toward returning. 

Matt Holliday (left lumbar strain) has been on the disabled list since August 5 but is about to take the next step toward returning to the New York Yankees.

According to Bryan Hoch of, the Yankees are “planning to bump him up” from High-A Tampa, where he is currently rehabbing, to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

After going 0-for-10 in his first three games in Tampa, Holliday has gone 6-for-15 (.400) with a double and four RBI’s since then making his overall slash line in a week’s worth of minor league games sit at .240/.333/.280.

A healthy Matt Holliday back in the everyday lineup for the Yankees is something the team craves. He was hitting .262 with 15 homers and 47 RBI’s in the first half of the season as important to the offensive success as anyone. When he returned

When he returned from a DL caused by contracting the Epstein-Barr virus, he went 11-for-81 with one home run before landing back on the shelf with a back injury. That funk brought his season batting average down to .229.

The Yankees plan on waiting until at least the rosters expand, however, to bring Holliday back from what will be a rehab stint with the RailRiders. There’s no rush to bring him back, as Greg Bird‘s return has formed a formidable DH rotation among Chase Headley, Todd Frazier and others.