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Before their Tuesday afternoon contest versus the Chicago Cubs, the St. Louis Cardinals placed Jon Jay on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained shoulder. Rick Hummel explains that the center fielder has been dealing with the discomfort since April 19. It has affected Jay's swing, not his ability to play in the field.
To many rotisserie baseball players, Jay has been a surprise performer at the dish, with a .343 batting average, two home runs, 18 runs and four stolen bases. Those marks have made him an asset in deep mixed leagues.
Including the minors, the left-handed hitter has a resume of seasons with a BA of .280 to .300-plus, and a strong history of .300-plus averages on balls in play. As his MLB liner percentage - 21.7, lifetime - suggests, he hits ropes often.
The only knock on Jay's game that has hurt him in fantasy realms has been the notion that he should sit against southpaws. In the majors, Jay has hit lefties well enough this year and in his limited time overall (.296/.356/.369 in 203 plate appearances) to believe that the knock was an assumption, at least. It's not hard to fathom; Tony La Russa perpetuated his own preconceived notions.
Regardless, the organization's belief in Jay was one of the reasons it was happy to trade Colby Rasmus. The 27-year-old is receiving his opportunity, and he'll be missed in roto lineups.
To fill Jay's roster spot, the Cards called up Shane Robinson not long after they'd demoted him. Skip Schumaker is expected to play in center regularly in the interim, however. At most, the vet is desperation play for those who need a warm body in very deep mixed leagues.
Since his return from the DL to open the season, Schumaker had been spending most of his time at second base. His move to the outfield should again free up at-bats for Daniel Descalso (left-handed) and Tyler Greene (right-handed).
The former is a solid hitter off to a slow start (.203 average, one homer); the latter also hasn't hit well but has provided a little thump (three home runs) and thievery (three stolen bases) and was showing signs that his power development is for real. Each has increased value in very deep formats for the short term, too.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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