Out since May 10 with wrist tendinitis, Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay has been placed on the disabled list and his roster spot will be filled by Triple-A call-up Xavier Scruggs.
Jay hit just .248 with a .598 OPS through 30 games after coming into the season as a career .295 hitter with a .755 OPS and this is the same wrist he had surgery on in October, adding the worry.
Peter Bourjos will serve as the Cardinals’ primary center fielder and Scruggs will be used as a bench bat and part-time corner outfielder/first baseman. In addition to being a member of the All Name First Team–seriously, “Xavier Scruggs” is great–he’s hit .276 with 27 homers and an .869 OPS in 165 total games at Triple-A.
Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is set to return from the injured list on Tuesday, manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Sunday. The timing coincides well with the addition of Edwin Encarnación, who was acquired from the Mariners on Saturday evening and is expected to be active and available for the Yankees as soon as Monday night.
The Yankees have every reason to hope that Stanton will be able to return to his usual 30+ homer, 4.0+ fWAR self as he works his way back to a full-time role this season. (Fueling some of that hope: Four home runs in 10 PA at High-A Tampa during his latest stretch of rehab games.) Undoubtedly, they’re still prepared to play it safe with the 29-year-old, who has already suffered significant shoulder, biceps, and calf injuries and has not appeared in a major-league game since March 31. Through the Yankees’ first three games of 2019, he went 2-for-15 with a pair of singles, seven walks, and four strikeouts.
With Encarnación slotting into a DH/first base role, Stanton is expected to spend the bulk of his playing time in the left field corner. That may cause a bit of a logjam in the outfield, as Brett Gardner took over that spot in Stanton’s absence and will likely be forced into a backup role once Aaron Judge returns from the IL — but for now, Boone says, he “still expects Gardy to play a lot.”