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19 Jon Jay CF
Height/Weight: 5-11/200 | Birthdate: 3/15/1985 | Birthplace: Miami, FL | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: St. Louis | College: Miami (Fla.) | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $524,000 | Owned/Started%: 22/16 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Jon Jay gets hit in Cardinals' spring debut


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay made his first spring appearance on Friday, batting second and playing center field.

Jay went one for three, singling to center in his final at bat before being replaced in the sixth inning.

Jay spent much of the early spring recovering from wrist surgery. 

"I said the whole goal was to be ready for April 5," he said, per MLB.com's Paul Hagen. "It felt good to get out there, I felt fine. I'm going to continue to get my timing, continue to work to get in shape. I felt good playing five innings."


Cardinals OF Jon Jay (wrist) ready for spring debut Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay (wrist) is set to make his spring debut Friday against the Mets. Jay, who is starting in center field and batting second, is expected to get at least two at-bats, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Cardinals OF Jon Jay on track to make spring debut Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay (wrist) is on track to make his spring debut Friday against the Mets, per MLB.com. 

Jay played in a simulated game Wednesday against minor leaguers. He took 13 at-bats, totaling two singles, one double, one stolen base and one run.

"Obviously, I've been through a lot this offseason with surgery and rehab," Jay said after Wednesday's simulated game. "It's good to finally get out there and take swings against live pitching. I just kind of did a little bit of everything, getting me ready for a game. I'm feeling good out there, moving along and I'm ready to get out there."


Cardinals Jon Jay's start pushed back


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Cardinals centerfielder Jon Jay has had his next start pushed back until next week, according to MLB.com.

Manager Mike Matheny did not want to characterize the situation as a setback.

"I think we make a big deal about how many swings guys take, and he's in [the batting cages] swinging," said Matheny, who had initially anticipated Jay getting into his first game early in the week. "He's getting more volume than anyone else. He's going to be fine. [We] just want to make sure that he feels good when he goes out there, and when he goes, no turning back."

Jay, 29, was forced to wait until later than usual to resume swinging due to left wrist surgery. 


Cardinals' Adam Wainwright, Jon Jay getting closer to return


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and outfielder Jon Jay are getting closer to getting back on the field, reports MLB.com.

Wainwright faced live hitters for the first time Sunday and is expected to throw another batting practice before appearing in his first game this spring. He may do that by Thursday.

"[We'll] just continue to kind of push him a little bit," manager Mike Matheny said.

Meanwhile, Jay is still recovering from offseason wrist surgery, but has been able to swing.

"If he can get things going [by next week]," Matheny said, "he's still right on track to be ready to go [for Opening Day]."


Cardinals CF Jon Jay (wrist) hoping to be ready by opening day


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is confident he'll be able to participate on opening day, according to MLB.com

Jay is recovering from a wrist injury which has limited him during the beginning of spring training. Jay said he's progressing enough to be ready by the time the regular season is set to start. 

"The timeline is to be ready April 5," Jay said. "I'm trying to be smart about it. I feel good with where I am now and how much time is left in camp."

The Cardinals open with the Cubs on opening day. 

Jay had wrist surgery last October after dealing with pain during the 2014 season. Despite the injury, Jay was still able to hit .303 with 46 RBI in 140 games. 


Cardinals OF Jay takes batting practice for first time in spring


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay took batting practice on Thursday for the first time this spring, reports MLB.com. Jay underwent surgery on his wrist during the offseason and said his goal is to be ready for St. Louis' opener April 5 against the Cubs. Per the report, this puts Jay currently ahead of his rehab schedule.

Cardinals' Jon Jay 'not far behind,' Bourjos has 'a different swing'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Sunday that outfielder Peter Bourjos (hip) should be ready for the start of the exhibition season and has shown a noticeable difference in his swing, while outfielder Jon Jay (wrist) is "not far behind," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"It’s looking like Peter is moving that direction (of being ready)," Matheny said. "Jon is going to be close. He’s getting stronger and everything is measuring out pretty well. Not far behind. He pushed it a little further."

Bourjos has had trouble keeping his hip flexible the last few seasons after having surgery to remove an impingement in the hip.

“I think right now I feel like I’m in a better position to hit more pitches," Bourjos said. "In the fast few years, I’ve been trying to work around my hip. I didn’t really know it, but I didn’t have that same range of motion."

"It’s very noticeable what he’s worked on," Matheny said of Bourjos. "We can’t get inside his body to know what it feels like, but it’s a different swing for sure. He always has moved well. He moved well last year. He’s driving balls that he couldn’t necessarily drive before."

Jay, who is working his way back from wrist surgery, is continuing to target being ready for opening night April 5. He noted that he'll be able to receive his full complement of spring-training at-bats in the last two weeks of the preseason, if necessary.

"We’re working to where I get 100 percent comfortable and then go from there," Jay said.. "I’m a cage guy. Once I feel good about my swing in the cage, I can take it anywhere. I want to get right inside."


Cardinals not expecting Jon Jay to play this week


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) While Cardinals center fiedler Jon Jay is making progress from wrist surgery, the team is not expecting him to play in any of the early games in spring training this week, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jay had surgery on his wrist during the offseason and said his goal is to be ready for Opening Day.

"This is about April 5," Jay said. "That's the date that matters. I'm getting ready for April 5. I have five weeks now to be ready."


Cardinals OF Jon Jay lands two-year, $10.975M deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) The Cardinals announced Monday they avoided arbitration with outfielder Jon Jay by agreeing to a two-year contract. The two sides were set for an arbitration hearing next week.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Jay will earn $10.975 million over the two years of his contract.


Report: Cardinals' Jon Jay files for $5 million in arbitration


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay has filed for $5 million in arbitration, while the team has offered $4.1 million, MLB.com reports.

Jay will be eligible for arbitration for one more time before he's scheduled to reach free agency at the end of the 2016 season. He hit .303/.372/.378 with three home runs, 46 RBI and six stolen bases in 413 at-bats.


Cardinals CF Jon Jay expecting no limitations at start of spring camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay said Tuesday he was given the green light to begin workouts after having his surgically repaired wrist examined, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"It's too early to tell when I'll be 100 percent, but it's a good thing there are seven weeks until spring," Jay said. "That extra 10 days (before spring workouts start this year) is huge. I've already been working. I feel good. I have the time I need. I expect to be ready."

Jay, who is lining up to be the team's starting center fielder, said he expects to participate without limitations at the beginning of spring training.

"Everything looks good," Jay said. "Getting back to full strength is the next step. I don't anticipate anything that would slow me down. I'm optimistic."


Jon Jay expected to be Cardinals' starting CF in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay was bumped from the starting job in center field last spring when the team acquired Peter Bourjos in a trade from the Angels. However, as the season progressed, Jay worked his way back into being the regular center fielder and is on track to keep the job heading into 2015.

"Center field (for 2015) right now is Jon Jay’s, based on how he played," general manager John Mozeliak said at a news conference Monday, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I think he played a much better center field than he did a year ago.

“Peter Bourjos is someone we have under control and certainly envision him being a part of this club. How we create more playing time for him is something we strategize over this offseason. But, clearly, Jay’s performance and how he played the second half frankly is altering how we look at him moving forward."

Mozeliak added Jay will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist Wednesday. He is expected to need 6-8 weeks of recovery, but he will be ready for spring training.


Jon Jay returns Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay has returned to the club Friday, according to Fox Sports Midwest.

Jay was away for a few days due to a personal matter. He rejoined the club Friday, and is back in the starting lineup. Jay is hitting .302/.373/.379 over 404 at-bats. 


Jon Jay out Wednesday for personal reasons


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay is not with the team Wednesday while he tends to a personal matter, MLB.com reports. Jay is expected to rejoin the team Friday in Arizona.

Hot hitting against lefties earns Jon Jay more action


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) An ability to hit left-handers as well as righties has resulted in increased playing time for Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay recently. He has already earned more at-bats in August than in any previous month this season.

Jay is 24 of 60 against southpaws for a .400 average. He is 23 of 53 since Aug. 7 in raising his batting average from .285 to .310. He has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games.


Jon Jay comes up big in pinch-hitting duty


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay was out of the lineup due to wrist soreness Thursday, but still managed to make an impact as a pinch-hitter.

Jay stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the eighth inning and provided the game-winning double to bring in two runs. He stayed in the game in center field for the ninth inning, and the wrist should not keep him out moving forward. 


Jon Jay delivers third home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 6-5 loss to the Marlins Monday.

Jay tied the game with his blast in the top of the fourth inning, but the Marlins were able to take the lead right back with two runs in the bottom of the inning and hang on from there. Jay is 4 for 10 with two walks, two home runs and five RBI in his last three games. He has hit .291/.350/.385 with three home runs, 30 RBI and six stolen bases in 275 at-bats.


Jon Jay slugs second home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay went 1 for 3 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 10-3 loss to the Orioles Saturday.

Jay's second-inning solo blast gave his team a 2-0 lead, but they fell behind 5-2 by the time he drove in his second run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. It would only get worse from there for the Cardinals. Jay has hit .287/.344/.373 with two home runs, 27 RBI and six stolen bases in 268 at-bats.


Jon Jay returns from five-game absence


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Red Sox, as expected, after missing five games due to a wrist injury.

Jay is hitting eighth and starting in center field for Tuesday's game. 


Jon Jay held out a fifth straight game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay missed a fifth straight start Sunday against the Brewers due to a wrist injury. Peter Bourjos was back in center field for the Cardinals.

Manager Mike Matheny said he's hopeful Jay will be ready to play Tuesday against Boston.

"It's been something that has been bothering him here for a while," Matheny said, per MLB.com. "It's one of those things that needs a little time, and he continues to get treatment, and it seems to be getting better."


Jon Jay not ready to return Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay was held out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game Saturday night against Brewers because of a wrist injury, according to MLB.com. Jay is batting .289 with one home run and 24 RBI in 253 at-bats. He told manager Mike Matheny he could return as early as Sunday against Milwaukee.

Jon Jay nursing a wrist injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay was held out of the starting lineup Friday night against Brewers because of a wrist injury, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Jay is batting .289 with one home run and 24 RBI in 253 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Saturday against Milwaukee.

Jon Jay being rewarded for strong play


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay has started three of the last four games in center, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The club brought in Peter Bourjos in the offseason, but he hasn't produced to open the season. Manager Mike Matheny said Jay has been playing well enough to warrant more playing time. "Jon had four quality at-bats (Wednesday)," Matheny said. "It’s a good day for him to keep that swing going."

Jay is hitting .250 in 28 at-bats. 


Jon Jay hits first home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay hit a three-run home run in his team's 4-0 win over the Brewers Monday.

Jay's first home run of the season was his only hit of the game, and it gave his team a healthy cushion that wound up being unneeded in the shutout win. Jay has hit .200/.273/.500 with seven RBI in 20 at-bats.