Jon Jay OF STL 2 weeks ago

Jay is not in the lineup Friday against the Reds, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Randal Grichuk will start in center field and bat eighth against right-hander Jason Marquis, pushing Jay to the bench after two straight starts. While it may seem strange that Jay is sitting in favor of a right-handed bat in this scenario, Grichuk has a strong spring (.911 OPS, four homers) and it seems manager Mike Matheny just wants to get him involved early. Jay is 2-for-8 with a double and two strikeouts so far this season.

Jon Jay OF STL 1 month ago

Jay played in his first game of the spring Friday, collecting a single in three at-bats.

Jay had been recovering from minor offseason wrist surgery. Jay still projects as the Cardinals starting center-fielder on Opening Day.

Jon Jay OF STL 1 month ago

Jay (wrist) will take a few at-bats during Lance Lynn's simulated game Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Jay is recovering from minor surgery and if all goes well today he could see his first game action of the spring this weekend. Despite Peter Bourjos grabbing as many at-bats as he can this spring it doesn't appear that Jay's starting job is anywhere near in danger at this point.

Jon Jay OF STL 1 month ago

Jay (wrist) won't appear in a spring game until later next week, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Jay was initially set to return earlier in the week, but it appears the team is electing to play it a bit safer and hold him out a few extra days. The 30-year-old has been swinging uninhibited and has reported feeling good after dealing with a wrist injury that required an offseason scope.

Jon Jay OF STL 1 month ago

Jay may make his first spring game appearance some time this week, MLB.com reports.

Mike Matheny indicated Tuesday that Jay has been uninhibited with his swing as of late and should be ready to go soon. Jay is expected to be the opening day center fielder for the Cardinals.

Jon Jay OF STL 2 months ago

Jay took batting practice Thursday for the first time since the start of training camp, MLB.com reports.

Jay looks to be ahead of schedule as it appeared a mid-March debut was likely for the Cardinals outfielder, but if he can string together a few sessions in the batting cage without issue he could make his debut some time next week.

Jon Jay OF STL 2 months ago

Jay is expected to miss the Cardinals' Grapefruit League opener Thursday due to a wrist injury that required an offseason scope, Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Jay has been cleared to begin his workouts, and is expected to be ready for Opening Day, but it appears the 29-year-old is taking his time in his recovery. The fact that he hasn't been strictly ruled out at this point likely indicates he is nearly full-go, but if he can't go Thursday, his next opportunity to return to game action will come Friday against the Astros.

Jon Jay OF STL 2 months ago

Jay will likely be the starting center fielder for the Cardinals according to general manager John Mozeliak, MLB.com reports.

Mozeliak did leave the door open for Peter Bourjos to "create a competition" if he is healthy and productive but it seems more than likely that Jay will be the Cardinals primary center fielder in 2015.

Jon Jay OF STL 2 months ago

Jay signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals on Monday, avoiding arbitration in each of those seasons.

The terms of the contract were not immediately available, but it seems the Cardinals see Jay in their center field plans over the next two season. He has 10 homers and 16 steals in 297 games over the past two seasons, but his primary use in fantasy his as a high-average run scorer. Much of his value will be dependent on where he hits for St. Louis this season, but his batting average alone (.295 for his career) makes him worth owning in most rotisserie leagues.

Jon Jay OF STL 3 months ago

Jay (wrist) has been cleared to begin workouts and expects to be ready by spring training, CBS Sports reports.

Jay underwent surgery on his left wrist in October, and after having it examined reported everything is healing as expected. He'll enter the spring as the team's starting center fielder and should be able to go without any limitations from the start.