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Jon Jay | Outfielder

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/15/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Jon Jay is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.
The Cards are going with Randal Grichuk in center field against Jason Marquis and the Reds. Jay has gone 2-for-8 with a double in his first two games. Apr 10 - 2:51 PM

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Jon Jay (wrist) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut Friday.

Jay took 13 simulated at-bats against Lance Lynn and some Cardinals minor leaguers on Wednesday afternoon. He's been brought along slowly this spring following offseason wrist surgery, but the 30-year-old center fielder should be ready for Opening Night.
Mar 18 - 4:09 PM

Jon Jay (wrist) will likely make his Grapefruit League debut late next week.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had originally said Jay's debut could come early in the week, but the club is being cautious with their starting center fielder. "He's going to be fine," Matheny said. "[We] just want to make sure that he feels good when he goes out there, and when he goes, no turning back." Jay had offseason wrist surgery, and despite the late start he's still on track to be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 14 - 5:56 PM

Jon Jay (wrist) took batting practice on the field Thursday for the first time this spring.

According to's Jenifer Langosch, that puts Jay ahead of schedule in his recovery from offseason wrist surgery. The 30-year-old center fielder is not in danger of missing the start of the regular season. He signed a two-year, $10.975 million contract with the Cardinals in early February that covers his final two years of salary arbitration.
Mar 5 - 10:58 AM

Jon Jay (wrist) will not play in any Grapefruit League games this week.

Jay is coming back from offseason surgery on his left wrist and has only done hitting in a batting cage so far. He'll progress to hitting off a machine this week and is not in any danger of not being ready for Opening Day. "This is about April 5," Jay said. "That's the date that matters. I'm getting ready for April 5. I have five weeks now to be ready."
Mar 1 - 1:47 PM

Cardinals and OF Jon Jay avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $10.975 million contract.

The deal buys out Jay's final two seasons of salary arbitration. He earned $3.25 million in 2014 -- his first year of arbitration -- while batting .302 with a stellar .372 on-base percentage in 468 plate appearances. The 30-year-old center fielder underwent surgery on his left wrist in late October but should be fully recovered by the beginning of the 2015 campaign.
Feb 9 - 2:37 PM

Jon Jay requested $5 million and was offered $4.1 million from the Cardinals when arbitration figures were exchanged.

Jay is arbitration-eligible for the second time and will earn a raise over the $3.25 million that he earned in 2014. He's in the process of recovering from surgery on his left wrist but is expected to be ready for Opening Day.
Jan 17 - 12:30 AM

Jon Jay had his surgically-repaired left wrist examined this week in St. Louis and was given the go-ahead for increased baseball activity.

Jay needed a scope for the wrist in late October. "It's too early to tell when I'll be 100 percent, but it's a good thing there are seven weeks until spring," Jay told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday. "That extra 10 days (before spring workouts start this year) is huge. I've already been working. I feel good. I have the time I need. I expect to be ready."
Jan 13 - 4:14 PM

Jon Jay will have a scope on his left wrist this week.

The rehab for such a procedure takes 6-8 weeks, so Jay should be 100 percent healthy for the start of spring training next February. The 29-year-old batted .303 with a .372 on-base percentage in 140 games this season for St. Louis and should open 2015 as the Cardinals' primary center fielder.
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 12:18:00 PM

Jon Jay went 3-for-5 and scored two runs in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

He singled and scored the Cardinals' first run in the fourth, singled and scored again in the sixth and added one more base knock in the 10th. Jay has had a fantastic postseason as the team's main No. 2 hitter, putting together a .500/.577/.500 batting line.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 07:31:00 PM

Jon Jay went 2-for-2 with a HBP in Saturday's NLCS Game 1 loss to the Giants.

Jay earned the start against a tough lefty in Madison Bumgarner with a Division Series in which he hit .455/.571/.455, and he continued to produce in the first game of the NLCS. Jay singled twice off Bumgarner, two of the four hits the southpaw allowed all night, and he was also hit by a pitch as he is wont to do. Jay is locked in as the Cards' starter in center field for the remainder of the postseason.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 11:36:00 PM

Jon Jay has rejoined the Cardinals and is in Friday's lineup.

Jay was away from the club for one game while attending to a personal matter. The outfielder is sporting a .302/.373/.379 batting line with three homers and 45 RBI over 138 games this season.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 05:41:00 PM

Jon Jay is away from the Cardinals due to a personal matter.

Jay is out of the lineup for the Cardinals' series finale against the Cubs Wednesday. He is expected to be back with the team when they open up the final series of the season Friday in Arizona. Peter Bourjos is starting in center field Wednesday. Jay is hitting .302/.373/.379 on the season.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 06:25:00 PM

Jon Jay knocked in three runs with a pair of singles Monday against the Cubs.

Jay has been slumping of late, but he's remained a regular anyway, even against a lefty tonight. Of course, he's actually been quite a bit better against lefties than righties this season, complicating any type of platoon arrangement with Peter Bourjos. Even with his recent struggles, Jay still has a .306 average for the season. The Cardinals will just have to hope he plays better defense in October this time around.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 11:11:00 PM

Jon Jay was one of the few bright spots for the Cardinals in Friday's loss to the Brewers, going 2-for-4.

Jay has done a tremendous job as a pseudo-regular option in the Cardinals outfield, slashing .321/.391/.408 with three homers, 39 RBI and six stolen bases in his 343 at-bats.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 11:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2Mark Reynolds
2B1Kolten Wong
2Dean Anna
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Lance Lynn
3John Lackey
4Michael Wacha
5Carlos Martinez
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Seth Maness
4Matt Belisle
5Randy Choate
6Kevin Siegrist
7Carlos Villanueva