Cardinals place center fielder Jon Jay on the disabled list

17 Comments

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.

Video: Javier Báez jukes David Freese to avoid tag at first base

2 Comments

Cubs shortstop Javier Báez pulled off one of the best jukes you’ll see, avoiding the tag from David Freese on a play at first base in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. Báez barely made contact with a Kenta Maeda pitch well outside the strike zone, tapping it towards Freese. Báez halted his momentum, juking Freese while he attempted to apply the tag, then dove into first base.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts attempted to argue that Báez went out of the baseline, but the umpires’ no-call stood and Báez had himself a single. He would end up stranded on base, unfortunately for him and the Cubs.