MLB Notes: Cardinals place Holliday on DL

MLB Notes: Cardinals place Holliday on DL
July 20, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Matt Holliday is batting .268 with 13 homers and 47 RBIs this season. (USA Today Images)

Roy Halladay is progressing nicely in his rehab from shoulder surgery, while a host of Phillies relievers continue to struggle through injuries.

Halladay said he feels good and is close to getting on a mound, though there is no hard timetable for that (see story).

Now, here are a few notes from around Major League Baseball:

Cardinals: Holliday placed on DL
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals placed outfielder Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring sustained before the All-Star break.

The move was made retroactive to July 12 for the Cardinals' No. 3, who had missed four games after getting hurt running to first on July 11 at Chicago. The team purchased the contract of first baseman/outfielder Brock Peterson, a Pacific Coast League All-Star at Triple-A Memphis, in time for Saturday night's game against the Padres.

The 33-year-old Holliday, a career .310 hitter, is batting .268 with 13 home runs and 47 RBIs.

The 29-year-old Peterson was batting .306 and led the PCL with 22 homers to go with 66 RBIs in 93 games at Memphis and is making his major league debut (see full story).

Red Sox: Lester pushed back 2 days
BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester is having his next start pushed back two days, and Ryan Dempster is taking his place on the mound Sunday against the New York Yankees.

Red Sox manager John Farrell announced the change Saturday before the teams met for the middle game of the three-game weekend series.

Lester (8-6, 4.58 ERA) has struggled since starting 6-0 start this season. He has allowed at least five runs in five of his last 11 starts, giving up four in three others.

Lester is now scheduled to start Tuesday against Tampa Bay.

Farrell didn't cite any specific reason for the rotation change, but said "two extra days will help him" (see full story).

Blue Jays: Delgado 'flattered' by honor
TORONTO -- Carlos Delgado said he's "completely honored and flattered" that the Toronto Blue Jays are adding him to their Level of Excellence.

The Puerto Rican slugger, who hit 473 home runs in his 17 year career, will become the 10th person to have his name added to the facade inside Rogers Centre, in a ceremony before Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Past recipients of the award include former AL MVP George Bell, 1993 World Series star Joe Carter and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar.

Delgado played parts of 12 seasons with the Blue Jays before signing as a free agent with the Florida Marlins in 2005. He remains Toronto's franchise leader in more than 10 offensive categories, including home runs, RBIs, doubles, runs and intentional walks (see full story).

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