It certainly didn’t show while he was on fire during the playoffs, but Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay had a left wrist injury that required surgery and the recovery timetable is 6-8 weeks.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Jay played through the injury since July, yet he hit .325 in August and September before going 14-for-29 (.483) in the postseason.
It was quite a change from last year, when Jay struggled offensively and defensively in the playoffs, and according to Goold the Cardinals plan to keep him as their starting center fielder for 2015 after bringing in Peter Bourjos as competition last offseason.
Padres third baseman made his much anticipated return to Camden Yards on Tuesday, his first appearance there as a visiting player after signing a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres in February. The Orioles’ faithful gave Machado a standing ovation as he came to the plate for his first at-bat. He would strike out looking.
In Machado’s next at-bat, he crushed a first-pitch Jimmy Yacabonis fastball out to left-center field for a solo homer, boosting the Padres’ lead to 5-1. It marked Machado’s 100th career homer at Camden Yards.
Machado now has 17 homers on the season along with 48 RBI, 47 runs scored, and a .279/.355/.503 triple-slash line.