Couple of intriguing tidbits in this Joe Strauss Cardinals notebook. Whether you’re a fan of the Redbirds or not, the first item about the private plane carrying Tony La Russa and seven other members of the organization is simply harrowing.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has had an interesting ride so far this season. (Ed Zurga /Associated Press)

Think Payne Stewart.

Scary. No one was hurt, however, and La Russa and the rest of the Cardinals contingent made it to San Francisco for Friday night’s game against the Giants. That 5-4 loss was also a bit of a strange trip — the Cards rallied for two in the ninth off Brian Wilson to take a 4-3 lead, then Ryan Franklin coughed it up in the bottom of the inning. The Giants eventually won in the 12th, as the Cards’ tough start continues. They’re 2-5.

In the same piece, Strauss also notes that Matt Holliday “emerged from an extensive pregame workout Friday insisting that he could return to the lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Giants, if not today.”

What’s so crazy about this? Holliday underwent an appendectomy April 1. You know, that’s when doctors go in an take an organ out of your body.

Recovery time used to 4-6 weeks for that bad boy, athlete or no. Now? Not so much. Last September, Giants OF Andres Torres underwent an appendectomy and returned in less than two weeks.

Holliday isn’t even the only star expediting his recovery time from this surgery (are appendectomies the new ankle sprain?). Former Nat Adam Dunn, who left D,C, for a $56 million deal to be the White Sox DH, had the procedure done late Tuesday night and was talking about returning in time for this weekend’s series with the Royals. Now, it looks like he might be back Monday — meaning his recovery time was less than week.