CHICAGO -- Matt Holliday will return to St. Louis on Monday for a follow-up visit with the Cardinals' hand specialist, Dr. Charles Goldfarb, to determine what course of action he'll take to heal from a fractured right thumb.
Goldfarb, who happened to be in Chicago on Friday for another purpose, reviewed Holliday's X-rays and confirmed that Holliday sustained a fracture when he was hit by a 94-mph fastball on Thursday. He'll visit with Holliday again next week before recommending how the veteran outfielder moves forward. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said surgery could be an option.
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Until the club gets that feedback, it won't know how likely it is that Holliday will be able to return before the end of the season.
As the Cardinals wait for that news, Mozeliak has begun to explore the waiver wire and trade market for a possible replacement. The Cards could also fill the vacancy internally with some combination of Randal Grichuk, Brandon Moss, Tommy Pham or Jeremy Hazelbaker.
"We owe it to our fans to explore what's out there, but I do think it's a great opportunity for Grichuk and Pham," Mozeliak said. "There might be some things out there, but I don't want to have to sacrifice our future just for the next six weeks. If there is something out there that we can stomach that makes sense, we will do it. But we also feel like now these young guys get a chance to play every day, too."
Though the non-waiver Trade Deadline passed on Aug. 1, clubs are still able to trade players who clear revocable waivers.