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Holliday to have appendectomy

April 1, 2011 at 3:05 PM
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ST. LOUIS, April 1 (UPI) -- St. Louis slugger Matt Holliday will undergo an appendectomy and will miss an underdetermined number of games recovering, the team said Friday.

Holliday left the stadium after Thursday's game complaining of a pain in his side. A subsequent examination led doctors to diagnose appendicitis and advise surgery. The procedure was scheduled for Friday.

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The Cardinals said they would wait until medical personnel reported before determining "Holliday's return to play status."

Holliday collected three hits, including a home run, in Wednesday's season-opening loss to San Diego.

Holliday, 30, is in his third season with the Cardinals. Over his seven-year career, Holliday has hit .317 with 180 home runs and 695 runs batted in.

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