Jay is looking to claim the Diamondbacks' final bench spot, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Jay, who turned 35 earlier this week, and Josh Rojas, 25, are the most likely candidates to claim the final bench spot. Jay can play all three outfield positions and became a favorite of manager Torey Lovullo during his half-year stint with the Diamondbacks in 2018. Rojas brings greater flexibility in that he can play infield and outfield positions. The decision may come down to veteran experience or youthful versatility.
Jay signed a minor-league deal with the Diamondbacks which includes an invitation to big-league camp Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Jay battled hip issues throughout the 2019 season and managed just a .267/.311/.315 slash line (70 wRC+) with zero homers or steals in 47 games when healthy. The veteran has managed just a single above-average batting line in the last five seasons and likely has his work cut out for him just to earn a bench role.
Jay (hip) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Tuesday. The move comes as no surprise, as Jay was ruled out for the season for hip surgery last week. This clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the White Sox to select Danny Mendick's contract.
Jay (hip) will undergo season-ending surgery, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. A date for the procedure has not been set, nor is it clear what will need to be fixed once he's under the knife (manager Rick Renteria did not have specifics on the nature of the surgery). Regardless, the veteran outfielder will miss the rest of the campaign after initially injured his hip in spring training, an injury which cost him the first three months. He will be a free agent this winter after joining the White Sox on a one-year, $4 million contract last January.
Jay was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hip strain Friday. It's possible that the injury explains why Jay hadn't started a game since Sunday, though the fact that he owns a .345 OPS over his last 17 contests would be an equally reasonable explanation. Ryan Cordell was recalled in a corresponding move.