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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: 6 | Salary: $524,000 | Owned/Started%: 6/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Cards hopeful that Jon Jay (wrist) will return on May 26


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) The Cardinals are optimistic that outfielder Jon Jay will come off the disabled list when eligible on May 26, per MLB.com.

Jay, who is working his way back from left wrist tendinitis, recently resumed taking swings in the batting cages. He took the field for prior to Tuesday's game against the Mets for some throwing, an issue that gave him trouble before he landed on the shelf.


Cardinals CF Peter Bourjos goes yard for first time in 2015


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Center fielder Peter Bourjos hit his first home run since last August, as the Cardinals loss to the Tigers in 10 innings on Saturday. Bourjos has been getting plenty of playing time in center field for the Cardinals with Jon Jay on the disabled list, and his second-inning solo shot gave the Cardinals a brief 2-1 lead.

The home run was his only hit on the afternoon, as he also struck out twice. He now has just three hits over his last six games.


Matt Holliday, Jon Jay not in Cardinals' lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) As expected, the Cardinals do not have Matt Holliday or Jon Jay in their lineup for Thursday's game against the Indians. 

Holliday was plunked in the elbow yesterday, though x-rays came back negative. Jay, who has left wrist tendinitis, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. 

The Cardinals have shifted their lineup around on the diamond as a result of Holliday's absence. Mark Reynolds will play left field, Jhonny Peralta will be the designated hitter and Pete Kozma will step in at shortstop. 


Report: Cardinals call up 1B Xavier Scruggs, Jon Jay to DL


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) The Cardinals are calling first baseman Xavier Scruggs up to the major-league roster, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Scruggs was hitting .229 with six home runs, 18 RBI and a .510 slugging percentage with Triple-A Memphis.

The corresponding roster move was to place Jon Jay on the 15-day disabled list. Jay has been recovering from thumb and elbow injuries.

"It feels a little restricted," Jay said of the wrist, per the Post-Dispatch. "That’s something I expected coming into the year. I knew I would have to deal with it. Not at the same level I was dealing with it last year. I’m looking for it to get better and getting out there as soon as I can. Take a step back now."


Cardinals' Matheny on Jon Jay: 'He's still not where he wants to be'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay could be placed on the disabled list to allow his thumb and wrist to properly heal and to allow the team to add a healthy outfielder to the roster after an injury to Matt Holliday Wednesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"He’s still not where he wants to be," Matheny said of Jay. "We’re going to be very guarded. Part of it is the thumb. And there’s part wrist in there. That wrist is something we hope we had in the past with the surgery, but it takes times to get all the range of motion back. Strength is still an issue. Try to get him some rest. That will help."

Jay hasn't seen any action at the plate since Saturday due to the injury.


Cardinals C Yadier Molina back in lineup, OF Jon Jay out vs. Indians


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina returned to the starting lineup Wednesday night against Cleveland, after exiting Tuesday with back stiffness. Jon Jay, however, remained sidelined with a thumb injury he suffered Saturday, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Molina finished 2 for 4 and scored a run before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the person of backup catcher Tony Cruz. He is hitting .276 (29 for 105) with seven doubles, 15 RBI and a .325 on-base percentage this season.

St. Louis is considered an underdog (+125) against Corey Kluber and the Indians at Progressive Field, per VegasInsider.com.


Cardinals' Matt Carpenter returns, Jon Jay sits Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (fatigue) is back in the starting lineup and batting second Tuesday, while center fielder Jon Jay (thumb) is on the bench for his team's game against the Indians.

Carpenter missed four games last week due to extreme fatigue but is ready to see his first action since Wednesday. He has hit .333/.403/.620 with five home runs and 20 RBI in 108 at-bats.

Jay suffered a thumb injury Saturday and was only able to serve as a pinch-runner Sunday. Peter Bourjos will make another start in center field with Jay sidelined.

The Cardinals are underdogs (+110) in Cleveland Tuesday.


Cardinals OF Jon Jay a game-time decision for Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay is considered a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Indians, general manager John Mozeliak said per Fox Sports Midwest.

Jay missed Sunday's game while battling a thumb injury he suffered Saturday. Jay is hitting .248 in 101 at-bats so far this season. 


Cardinals' Jon Jay battling thumb issue, could play Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay was removed from Saturday's game due to a bruised left thumb, MLB.com reports.

Jay is not in the lineup Sunday, but the team expects that he'll be available off the bench. Jay went 0 for 3 Saturday and has hit .248/.330/.267 in 101 at-bats.


Cardinals' Jon Jay on the bench Friday against Liriano, Pirates


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay is being held out of the starting lineup on Friday against the Pirates. Pittsburgh has left-hander Francisco Liriano on the mound, so manager Mike Matheny opted to keep Jay, who is 2 for 9 lifetime against Liriano, on the bench. 

Peter Bourjos is starting in center field and leading off on Friday. 


Hot-hitting Cardinals LF Matt Holliday gets breather on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday was given the day off and held out of Thursday's starting lineup against the Cubs. Holliday had started all but one of the team's game so far in 2015. While he has only hit one home run this year, he has reached base safely via a hit or a walk in every game he's played in. He's also sporting a very impressive .344 batting average on the season, which leads the team and is fourth in the National League.

Jon Jay moved over to left field on Thursday, while Peter Bourjos was in center field, batting eighth for manager Mike Matheny.

The team is playing their 17th straight game without a break on Thursday, and their next schedule off-day isn't until May 11. So Matheny thought it best to give his starting left fielder a breather. 

"That's emotionally draining, physically draining," Matheny said, per FoxSports.com. "Some of these other guys have been stepping up big and got to keep them sharp."


Cardinals sit Jon Jay, Matt Adams, Kolten Wong vs. lefty


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay, first baseman Matt Adams and second baseman Kolten Wong are out of the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Cubs and lefty Jon Lester.

Jay has made six straight starts in the leadoff spot but will cede the top of the order to Peter Bourjos Wednesday. Adams was also on the bench in the team's recent two games against lefty starters Saturday and Monday, and he'll sit for a third time in the last five games in favor of Mark Reynolds. Wong has started 24 of the team's 26 games at second base but will sit for the second time in a four-game span.

The Cardinals are favorites (-119) at home against the Cubs Wednesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Cardinal rest Matt Adams, Jason Heyward vs. LHP Francisco Liriano


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams and outfielder Jason Heyward received the day off Saturday against Francisco Liriano and the Pirates, per the team's official website.

Adams is hitting .208 (5 for 24) with a double, a triple and three strikeouts this season against left-handers. Adams is slashing .192.241/.256 with no home runs and no RBI this season. Mark Reynolds took his place and was slotted in the No. 5 hole in the lineup.

Heyward is a .263 hitter against southpaws this season. He is slashing .212/.272/.341 with two homers and four RBI over 92 plate appearances. Jon Jay will be moved to right field and will bat leadoff for the Cardinals.

St. Louis is considered a slight underdog (+100) at home against Pittsburgh, per VegasInsider.com.


Cardinals' Peter Bourjos draws the start in center field Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos will start in center field Wednesday against the Phillies, with Jon Jay getting the day off, the team announced. 

It will be Bourjos' second start of the year and he is hitting .100 in 10 at-bats this season. Bourjos will bat leadoff, where he is hitting .270 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 48 starts batting leadoff.

The Cardinals are currently the favorites (-180) against Philadelphia.


Cardinals' Jay leading off, Carpenter batting second Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is batting leadoff Tuesday against the Phillies, with third baseman Matt Carpenter moving to the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

It's the first time this season the Cardinals haven't had Carpenter in the leadoff spot, and former No. 2 hitter Jason Heyward is back in the lineup Tuesday but batting sixth. Jay has hit just .233/.324/.267 with seven runs scored in 60 at-bats. Carpenter has hit .373/.427/.640 with three home runs, 11 RBI and a league-leading 11 doubles in 75 at-bats.

The Cardinals are heavy favorites (-210) against the Phillies Tuesday.


Cardinals RF Jason Heyward exits Sunday with groin tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward was removed from Sunday's game against the Brewers due to groin tightness and is day-to-day, the team announced.

Heyward appeared to suffer the injury on a play in the corner of right field on a triple by Gerardo Parra. He was visited by a trainer and manager Mike Matheny before being replaced by Jon Jay. Heyward was 0 for 2 in the game, dropping his line to .208/.230/.361 with two home runs and four RBI in 72 at-bats.

The Cardinals are set to open a series against the Phillies at home Monday.


Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta batting cleanup vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is batting cleanup for Sunday's season opener against the Cubs.

Peralta took just 74 of his 560 at-bats from the fourth spot in the lineup last season but will fill the role in the team's regular-season debut.

The full Cardinals lineup: 3B Matt Carpenter, RF Jason Heyward, LF Matt Holliday, SS Peralta, 1B Matt Adams, C Yadier Molina, 2B Kolten Wong, CF Jon Jay, SP Adam Wainwright.


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."