Sore wrist could keep Jay on bench through Tuesday

Sore wrist could keep Jay on bench through Tuesday

ST. LOUIS -- A sore left wrist kept center fielder Jon Jay out of the lineup for a fourth straight day on Saturday, and manager Mike Matheny acknowledged that Jay may not start again until Tuesday.

Jay, who did not see any improvement on Saturday, has been bothered by the soreness since attempting to check his swing during an at-bat in the Cardinals' last series. Matheny hasn't ruled out the possibility of starting him on Sunday, though with an off-day on Monday, sitting Jay for another day would allow additional healing time.

"We'll take all that into consideration and see how he keeps progressing," Matheny said. "It's been something that has been bothering him here for a while. It's one of those things that needs a little time, and he continues to get treatment, and it seems to be getting better."

Though Jay has not hit since his start on Tuesday, Matheny would consider using him off the bench in a pinch-hit situation on Saturday.

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