St. Louis’ injury wrecked outfield is now a little healthier, as the Cardinals activated center fielder Jon Jay from the disabled list after he missed the past two months with a wrist injury.
Matt Holliday and Randal Grichuk remain on the disabled list, but the Cardinals can now use Jay in center field flanked by Jason Heyward and Stephen Piscotty in the corners. Brandon Moss figures to see more of his time at first base.
Jay hit just .223 with one homer and a .576 OPS in 57 games before the injury, but from 2010-2014 he had a combined .295 batting average and .755 OPS in 678 games.
Randal Grichuk, whose emergence in the Cardinals’ lineup came as an injury replacement for Matt Holliday, is now headed to the disabled list with a strained elbow.
Grichuk has been fantastic for St. Louis–first replacing Holliday in left field and recently stepping in as the primary center fielder–hitting .284 with 15 homers and an .894 OPS in 85 games as a 23-year-old rookie.
He joins Holliday and Jon Jay on the disabled list, so the Cardinals figure to stick with Stephen Piscotty in left field and turn back to Peter Bourjos in center field, with Triple-A call-up Tommy Phan arriving to provide depth. Jason Heyward playing center field is also an option.
In less controversial news, the Cardinals announced this afternoon that outfielder Jon Jay was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what is being termed as a left wrist stress reaction and a bone bruise. The move cleared a spot for Tim Cooney, who will make a spot-start against the Padres tonight in place of Jaime Garcia.
Jay has been dealing with the injury all year and has already had one stint on the disabled list. The 30-year-old batted just .185 with a .542 OPS in 27 games after his return, so he wasn’t doing the team much good. The hope is that some additional rest will do the trick.
Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk will both be regulars with Jay sidelined, but the hope is that Matt Holliday could be ready to return from his quad injury around the All-Star break.
Matt Holliday was placed on the disabled list Tuesday after suffering a right quad injury in the outfield Monday night in Denver. An MRI was taken, and the official diagnosis is in …
Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams suffered a Grade 3 strain in late May and needed surgery, leaving it doubtful that he will be able to return this season. Holliday’s strain isn’t nearly as severe and he should make it back later this summer. Randal Grichuk figures to become an everyday player now for the Cardinals. He’s starting in right field on Tuesday night against the Rockies, with Jon Jay getting the nod in left field and Peter Bourjos covering center. Jason Heyward is on the bench against Colorado lefty Jorge De La Rosa.
Holliday was batting .303 with a .417 on-base percentage through 52 games this season for the Cardinals, who still hold the best record in Major League Baseball despite losing Adams a few weeks ago and Adam Wainwright in April. Setup man Jordan Walden has also been out since April with a shoulder strain.
Center fielder Jon Jay is slated to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Cardinals on Friday, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Jay has been out since May 10 with a wrist injury and hit poorly before going on the DL, so it’s unclear what type of role he’ll have upon returning.
Peter Bourjos has played well as the Cardinals’ primary center fielder and there’s already a bit of an outfield logjam with rookie Randal Grichuk trying to wrestle playing time away from Bourjos and fellow veterans Matt Holliday and Jason Heyward.
It would sure make things a lot easier if one of the outfielders was willing to and/or capable of playing first base in the absence of Matt Adams, but for now at least that’s Mark Reynolds’ job.