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.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.