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

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Jay is expected to miss the Cardinals' Grapefruit League opener Thursday due to a wrist injury that required an offseason scope, Jennifer Langosch of 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 8 Days

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

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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.

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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.

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Jay will have his left wrist scoped Wednesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Jay's recovery time from the surgery will reportedly last 6-to-8 weeks. With his performance this season, Jay owns the starting spot in center field with Matt Holliday in left and Oscar Taveras and Randal Grichuk set to battle for the starting spot in right field in spring training. Jay should be fine for the start of spring training assuming there are no complications with his surgery or recovery that prevent it.

Jon Jay OF STL 5 Months

Jay was a late scratch from Sunday's starting lineup.

Jay was in the original starting lineup, but was scratched after the Cardinals clinched the NL Central division following Pittsburgh's loss to the Reds. Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter, Jhonny Peralta and Matt Holliday will take a seat as well.

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Jay went 2-for-5 with one run scored and one RBI against the Diamondbacks on Friday night.

The 29-year old Jay has been an OBP (.373) machine this year, considering his lack of power and walks. Some might think that Jay has been lucky this season, but considering his career batting average (.294) and BABIP (.345) it's not luck. Jay is a good hitter that just doesn't give you power, but at least you can count on him to give you the same in 2015.

Jon Jay OF STL 5 Months

Jay (personal) returned to the club Friday and will be in the starting lineup Friday, Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Jay left the team for an undisclosed personal matter Wednesday, but it has apparently been taken care of, and he has rejoined the club. He will bat second for the Cardinals on Friday.

Jon Jay OF STL 5 Months

Jay left the team Wednesday to attend to a personal matter, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.

He is expected to rejoin the team in Arizona for the final series of the regular season. Peter Bourjos is starting in center field Wednesday.