Cardinals place Jon Jay on DL, call up Scruggs from Memphis
The Cardinals added reinforcements to their short bench after yet another key injury Wednesday night.
Outfielder Jon Jay went on the 15-day disabled list with left wrist tendinitis and Xavier Scruggs was called up from Triple A Memphis, the organization announced Thursday morning. Left fielder Matt Holliday remains active and is in the lineup for an 11:10 a.m. game at Cleveland. He suffered a left elbow contusion when he got hit by Corey Kluber’s 94-mph fastball in the first innnig Wednesday night but will serve as the DH today against the Indians.
Scruggs has started games at both left field and first base for Memphis, where he’s batting .229 in 30 games with six home runs and 18 RBIs. He collected three hits, including a double, in 15 at-bats during his major league debut last summer.
Manager Mike Matheny has said Jay was available to pinch hit since he bruised his thumb last Saturday, and he came in as a pinch runner for Mark Reynolds in the ninth inning of Sunday’s 4-3 loss at Pittsburgh. Peter Bourjos will make his sixth start in the last seven games in center field, looking to improve on his .333 average in May.
The Cardinals’ offense will miss Holliday, the major leagues’ leader with a .466 on-base percentage. He’s the only player to reach base in all 31 games and also has three three-run home runs to go with 21 RBIs, tied for the team lead.
Thursday’s lineup features Reynolds in left field with Pete Kozma making a rare start at shortstop. Matheny will have Scruggs, catcher Tony Cruz and shortstop Jhonny Peralta available off the bench.