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Jay made his first Grapefruit League appearance with a single in his final at-bat. It marks a return from offseason surgery on his left wrist. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: A career .295 hitter, Jay holds value in primarily one category. He won't hurt you much and occasionally will steal a base too. You could do a lot worse at the back end of a draft, and his return at this point should signal his recovery from wrist surgery is coming along just fine.

During the off season, St. Louis Cardinals CF, Jon Jay, elected to undergo surgery on his left wrist to repair an injury he suffered in June, but played through the rest of the year. Jay is gradually resuming baseball activities and expects to be ready before the team opens its season against the Cubs on April 5th. (Source: STLToday)

Fantasy Impact: Plan for Jay to be the starting CF on Opening Day. It is hard to say exactly how the Cardinals will manage the playing time between Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Randal Grichuk, and Peter Bourjos, but Matheny is loyal to a fault and Jay will almost certainly get the majority of ABs in CF to start the season. Holliday just turned 35 and will likely start to see routine days off in order to prolong his career and prevent injury, but there will be a stiff competition for ABs in a crowded Cardinals outfield. If Jay struggles out of the gate, he could lose playing time fairly quickly.

Category: Injury Updates

Veteran center fielder Jon Jay has agreed to a new two-year deal with the Cardinals worth $10.975 million, avoiding a potential arbitration hearing. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A career .295 hitter, Jay will likely remain the starter at center for the Cardinals, who are hoping he can continue to provide a solid on base percentage. Jay will become more fantasy relevant if he can top his RBI total of 46 from last season.