There will be another familiar Cardinals face in the starting lineup at the All-Star Game tomorrow night: Matt Holliday was named the left fielder today, taking the place injured Ryan Braun. Holliday joins Lance Berkman, the starting right fielder.
According to Matthew Leach, LB will bat sixth and Holliday seventh in the National League lineup.
Another interesting tidbit from Leach:
It will be the second time in an All-Star starting lineup for Holliday, who batted sixth as the right fielder for the NL in 2008. Coincidentally, that was also Berkmanâ€™s last start â€” he was the National Leagueâ€™s first baseman at Yankee Stadium.
For an up-to-date look at all the All-Star roster subtractions and additions, check out All-Star Shakeups on Around the Horn.
Tonight, of course, Holliday is busy as well since he’s one of the participants in the Home-Run Derby. He joins Prince Fielder’s team, along with Matt Kemp and Rickie Weeks. They face off against the David Ortiz-led team that includes Jose Bautista, Robinson Cano and Adrian Gonzalez.
In other Cardinals news, it turns out that the sneeze that caused Brian Tallet to strain a ribcage muscle ended up being a helpful thing. As Derrick Goold reports, Tallet discovered he has kidney disease.
To determine the severity of the strained intercostal muscle, Tallet had a CT scan taken last week of his rib cage, and while doctors peered at the results they saw past the ribs and found cysts clinging to Tallet’s kidneys. Tallet said he was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, and that has interrupted his rehab while on the disabled list.
“It’s something that I had no idea that I had,” Tallet explained Sunday. “Some cases are worse than others. Right now, my case is that all of my levels are normal and everything is fine with them, but I’ve got cysts in the kidneys. Now, it’s just a matter of maintaining the levels that I’m at by drinking more water and not taking anti-inflammatory (medicine).”