Cardinals place center fielder Jon Jay on the disabled list

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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.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.