Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday completed a series of running drills this afternoon that would have cleared him to play tonight — if he was eligible. Holliday remains on the 15-day disabled list and can't rejoin the active roster until Saturday.

Holliday said he would have been ready to play tonight, if it was possible.

The hamstring strain that put him on the DL has cleared with rest and treatment, and his sprinting this afternoon was the final test before he gained clearance to play.

"I don't see any more hurdles," Holliday said. As for his assignment to the DL costing him a few days playing time, Holliday said, "When you first look at it, you can't see into the future."

Also from this afternoon at Busch:

• Joe Kelly is on track to start Saturday's game in Atlanta. The Cardinals "are leaning that way," manager Mike Matheny said. Only "something dramatic" would pull Kelly off that assignment — something like being needed tonight to cover innings.

• Second baseman Kolten Wong is returning to the Class AAA Memphis lineup tonight after missing two games with a groin injury.

• A majority of the Cardinals declined to discuss Ryan Braun and his drug suspension by Major League Baseball.