May 13, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay (19) makes a catch against the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium. The Braves defeated the Cardinals, 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

St. Louis Cardinals Injury Updates: Jon Jay to DL


St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay will be headed to the 15-day disabled list, as the Cardinals have changed their minds and will give Jay the time to heal from a shoulder injury. Jay ran into the center field wall last month, and his right shoulder is still sore from that incident. Shane Robinson, who filled in for Lance Berkman, will replace Jay on the active roster. He and Skip Schumaker will share time in center.

There is another injury update on a Cardinals outfielder and that is Carlos Beltran, who could also play CF.  Beltran is out of the lineup for a second straight day. His knees have always been a concern, and he needs to be rested due to those balky knees.

The injury-prone, veteran slugger has a surgically repaired right knee, and the bad news is that Beltran is feeling soreness in that knee. He will most likely come back soon, but you can never be too cautious in this sort of a situation. The good news for the Cardinals is that Allen Craig is a monstrous hitter and will mash in right field in Beltran’s place.

Jon Jay has been worth 1.3 WAR this season in 117 plate appearances after being worth 2.8 WAR in 2011. He plays solid defense and has a 138 wRC+ after two straight 112 wRC+ seasons to start his career. After a quality 2011 season, Jay is poised to break out this year and is on track for a 3.9 WAR season after previously being projected by ZiPS to be worth 2.6 WAR.

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