Two days after undergoing an appendectomy, outfielder Matt Holliday returned to Busch Stadium on Sunday morning, but he is still uncertain when he'll return to the field.
"What I was told initially was by [Monday] or Tuesday, we'd have a better read on what's ahead for Matt," La Russa said. "I'll get a better answer to that [Monday]."
Holliday, who declined to speak with reporters prior to the game, told La Russa he wasn't as sore Sunday as he was the previous day. Holliday could miss two to five weeks. Rookie infielder Daniel Descalso started at third and hit in the No. 9 spot of the order on Sunday, going 1-for-3. The 24-year-old, who played in a team-high 27 Spring Training games, said he's willing to do whatever the club asks of him.
"You want to be in there and play, but my role on this team is to be ready to go if somebody needs a spot start, or come off the bench and play defense," Descalso said. "That's my job here."Pirates: McCutchen a late scratch Sunday
Andrew McCutchen was a late scratch from the Pirates' lineup on on Sunday with stiffness in his neck. The soreness came from "diving on the cement out there," McCutchen said, alluding to the diving attempt he made in Saturday's game at Wrigley Field. McCutchen's status was questionable when he arrived at the stadium on Sunday morning, and after receiving treatment, he initially talked his way into the starting lineup. Hurdle made the change after McCutchen took batting practice. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said the club has not yet decided whether lefty Scott Olsen (left shoulder inflammation) will need to make some Minor League rehab appearances before he is ready to rejoin the big league roster. Right now, Olsen is in Bradenton, Fla., where he is pitching in extended spring camp. Worth noting
Completed in 2:03, Sunday's game against the Padres was the second-fastest in the six-year history of Busch Stadium, trailing only a 3-1 Cardinals victory in 1:54 over the Pirates on Sept. 9, 2006. ... Monday's game will be the first night game of the season at Busch Stadium. ... Pirates catcher Jason Jaramillo and outfielder Matt Diaz made their first starts of the season Sunday.