ARLINGTON -- Slumping outfielder Jon Jay got a break on Monday, with Skip Schumaker getting the call in center field for the Cardinals in Game 5 of the World Series. Jay entered Monday's action 0-for-14 in the World Series and 8-for-51 in the postseason.
"If you know Jay, he's starting to pull his hair out because he's just not right at the plate," manager Tony La Russa said. "It's not affecting his defense at all. He's a good offensive player, and I'm going to give Schu a shot, because Schu is a really good player and can play the outfield and come in with a fresh stroke, and then we'll see about Game 6. But it's more just Jay is just not himself. There's no reason to bury him."
Schumaker will be making his first start since Game 5 of the National League Division Series against Philadelphia, when he suffered a strained right oblique muscle. That injury knocked Schumaker off the Cards' NL Championship Series roster.