The St. Louis Cardinals activated Matt Holliday from the disabled list on Friday, and the veteran outfielder could make his final appearance with the team this weekend.

Holliday broke his left thumb when he was hit by a pitch Aug. 11. The Cardinals are not planning to pick up their $17 million option on his contract for 2017.

“Matt had reached out to me earlier in the week to have an understanding of what we’re going to do with his option. I told him the probability of us picking it up is low,” General Manager John Mozeliak said.

Holliday asked if he could come off the disabled list in order to make an appearance before the fans at Busch Stadium.

“It’s been seven and a half great seasons, Matt has been an amazing teammate and we’ve had a lot of success,” Mozeliak said. “He is grateful for being a part of the Cardinals the past 7˝ years and he wants to express his thank you to the fans.”

Manager Mike Matheny said he plans to use the 36-year-old Holliday as a pinch hitter in one of the three final games against Pittsburgh.

Two Cubs

Chicago Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer and scouting and player development director Jason McLeod agreed to contract extensions through the 2021 season Friday, mirroring president of baseball operations Theo Epstein’s deal two days earlier.

The team announced the deals before its game against the Reds.

Hoyer and McLeod joined the franchise on Nov. 1, 2011, and have helped put together a team that has qualified for post-season play in consecutive seasons for just the third time in franchise history.

Manager to return

Bryan Price will return as the Cincinnati Reds manager next season.

The last-place team announced the decision Friday before playing the Chicago Cubs.

Price and the Reds agreed to a one-year contract with a team option. The entire coaching staff also has been offered contracts for 2017.

We’ve been talking about (a new contract) since the last home stand,” Price said. “It just took some time working out the terms of the contract.

‘‘There is a mutual desire to stay connected. For me, it’s an unbelievable opportunity. It is a storied franchise. I have really enjoyed my coaches and my team.”

The Reds entered Friday’s game at 67-92, 34˝ games out of first in the NL Central.

A-Rod back on field

Alex Rodriguez is back on the field for the New York Yankees in his new role as an instructor.

A-Rod arrived Friday at the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa, Florida, to work with prospects in the instructional league. Rodriguez talked with Clint Frazier, Blake Rutherford and Jorge Mateo after hitting drills on Derek Jeter Field. He also spent time talking with coaches and players during regular batting practice.