Sore wrist continues to trouble Jay

Sore wrist continues to trouble Jay

ST. LOUIS -- A sore left wrist kept Jon Jay out of the starting lineup for a fifth straight day on Sunday, but Mike Matheny said he was available off the bench and would hopefully return for Tuesday's series opener with the Red Sox.

Jay has been bothered by the soreness since attempting to check his swing during an at-bat in the Cardinals' last series. Matheny considered starting him on Sunday, though with an off-day on Monday, sitting Jay for another day allowed additional healing time.

"It's been something that has been bothering him here for a while," Matheny said. "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 in a pinch-hit situation on Sunday.

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