After missing the last 22 games as he recovered from a hip impingement, reliever Greg Holland will be back in uniform for the St. Louis Cardinals tonight.
“I feel good, feel healthy,” said Holland on Sunday before the team left for Philadelphia. “I accomplished a lot of the things I wanted to accomplish on that rehab assignment–getting more comfortable with my delivery.”
Holland made five combined appearances between Memphis (AAA) and Springfield (AA) during his recent injury rehabilitation assignments. He threw 5.0 innings and allowed four runs with four strikeouts. Only one of those runs came over his last two outings, where 20 of his 29 pitches were strikes.
“Anytime you can repeat your delivery you’re going to have a better chance of throwing the ball where you want to,” said Holland. “I feel good in general. So it was good to kind of get that feeling back in my mind and be able to repeat it.”
Besides the hip impingement, Holland had previously discussed trying to find that right “feel” on pitches and noted it was difficult to do so in bullpen or side sessions where the adrenaline is not the same of a game situation. Likewise, a rehab assignment game in the minors is not going to be the same as a big league game.
“There’s a little bit of a difference but there’s also an intensity and a desire to get back on the big league mound that kind of ratchets up those outings too,” said Holland. “Like I said, I felt comfortable in my delivery. That was the main key.”
While Holland was activated, Matt Bowman returned to the disabled list with a recurrence of blisters on his right middle fingers. Bowman took the loss in last night’s game and previously missed 26 games with blisters this season.
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