Matt Holliday to play for Sky Sox

The Colorado Rockies announced today that outfielder Matt Holliday will begin a rehabilitation assignment with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox tomorrow night, Thursday, June 5. Holliday, 28, will play for the Sky Sox against the Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) in the team’s 7:05 PM start at Security Service Field. He is expected to play with the Sox Thursday through Saturday, June 7.

The Stillwater, OK native will be returning to the Sky Sox for the first time since 2004 and will be making the first official appearance at Security Service Field in his career. At the beginning of the 2004 season, Holliday was scheduled to spend the year with the Sky Sox and did play in six road games for the Sox to start the season. He hit .364 (8-for-22) with five doubles, two homers and four RBI in those contests before injuries to Larry Walker and Preston Wilson necessitated his call up to the Rockies. Holliday was supposed to be a temporary fill-in but never relinquished his spot as the team’s left fielder. Since then, Holliday has played at Security Service Field as a member of the Rockies in exhibition games against the Sox so Thursday will mark his first home game as a Sky Sox player.

The Rockies drafted Holliday out of high school in the 7th round of the 1998 amateur draft. Holliday was placed on the disabled list this year with a right hamstring strain on May 25. Before his injury, he was hitting .321 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in 46 games.