Jon Jay CF STL 6 Hrs

Jon Jay has started three of the last four games in center field for the Cardinals.

Manager Mike Matheny is simply playing the hot hand, as Jay has four hits -- including a three-run homer -- in 12 at-bats over that stretch. "Jon has done a nice job, and I think that is something that all these guys need to know from us," Matheny said. "It is, 'What do I need to get an opportunity to play?' Jon had four quality at-bats (Wednesday). It's a good day for him to keep that swing going." With the Nationals starting lefty Gio Gonzalez Friday, Peter Bourjos should be back manning center field.

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Jon Jay got the start in center on Monday and hit a three-run homer off the Brewers' Matt Garza.

Jay has started five of the Cardinals' 13 games so far, with four of those coming in center. That's probably a bit more than he should play over Peter Bourjos, but the Cardinals do want to keep Bourjos healthy. Obviously, it worked out nicely tonight, with Jay making his first big contribution of the year.

Jon Jay CF STL 2 Months's Jenifer Langosch says Jon Jay may play all three outfield spots for the Cardinals this year in an attempt to get at-bats.

"I've done it before," Jay said. "I have played left field. I have played right field. It's a luxury on our team. We have so many guys who are so talented that they can step up to play any given day and do a good job. It's one of those things that's going to give our team flexibility." Langosch suggests Jay may be largely relegated to a bench role with the arrival of Peter Bourjos, so he may have to fill a super sub role as a fourth outfielder to find playing time. The 28-year-old is coming off a season in which he hit .276/.351/.370 as the team's everyday center fielder.

Jon Jay CF STL 3 Months

Jenifer Langosch of reports that Jon Jay is looking forward to competing with Peter Bourjos for the team's starting role in center field.

While he faces an uphill battle, the 28-year-old outfielder is approaching this offseason the same way that he's approached any other, under the impression that he'll be playing on a regular basis. As a likely fourth outfielder though, his fantasy value is extremely limited.

Jon Jay CF STL 3 Months

Cardinals avoided arbitration with OF Jon Jay by agreeing to a one-year, $3.25 million contract.

It's a bit lower than the $3.4 million projected Jay to make in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The 28-year-old outfielder is slated for fourth outfielder duty in 2014 following the Cardinals' offseason acquisition of Peter Bourjos.

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Jon Jay went 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored as the Cardinals won big over the Pirates on Friday.

Jay had three of the team's 16 hits on the night, doubling in a run in the third inning and singling in two more in the seventh. The big night broke a 1-for-20 slump for the outfielder. Jay also stole his sixth base of the year in the game.

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Jon Jay is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

He's getting the night off against left-hander Francisco Liriano. Shane Robinson will handle center field.

Jon Jay CF STL 8 Months

Jon Jay is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

It's just a day off. Shane Robinson is getting the start in center field against Braves left-hander Mike Minor.

Jon Jay CF STL 8 Months

Jon Jay finished 2-for-3 with a walk, double, home run, four RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win against the Cubs.

Jay's second four-RBI game of the season featured his first homer since July 3. The three-run blast off James Russell in the seventh expanded St. Louis' lead to 6-1, the game's final score. Jay is batting .273 with six homers and 54 RBI through 121 games.

Jon Jay CF STL 8 Months

Jon Jay finished 3-for-4 with two doubles in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

Jay is now hitting .405 (17-for-42) over his last 10 games. The 28-year-old outfielder doesn't provide much in the way of pop or speed and isn't nearly as interesting now that he's no longer the leadoff man, but those looking for a fourth or fifth outfielder in mixed fantasy leagues could do worse.