Cardinals get good news on Jon Jay’s shoulder injury

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Jon Jay left the Cardinals in Pittsburgh and returned to St. Louis to have his injured right shoulder examined yesterday and an MRI exam revealed no structural damage.

FOX Sports Midwest reports that Jay will avoid the disabled list and rejoin the team in Chicago for their series against the Cubs, which is quite a change from the initial worries when he ran into the outfield fence last Thursday.

Jay was off to a tremendous start, hitting .349 with two homers, and 27-year-old career minor leaguer Shane Robinson has played back-to-back games in center field in his absence.

Astros assistant GM Mike Elias reported to be next Orioles general manager

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Astros assistant GM Mike Elias will be the new general manager of the Orioles “barring a change of heart.”

Elias, 35, has been the Astros’ assistant general manager since August 2016. He had previously served as Houston’s scouting director and, before that, as a scout for the Cardinals. He was part of the team that came over from the Cardinals when Jeff Luhnow joined the Astros.

If he does take the O’s job his work will certainly be cut out for him. Baltimore was historically bad in 2018, finishing 47-115 thanks to a roster full of expensive, past-their-prime players and an underdeveloped farm system. He’ll have to hit the ground running too, as he’ll not join the team until nearly two months into the club’s offseason, having had no time to assess its needs and personnel. Oh, and the Winter Meetings begin in a little over three weeks.