Jon Jay’s Injury a Blow to Padres’ Trade Hopes

After being hit by a pitch and sitting out for a week with what was initially reported as a forearm contusion, tests revealed that San Diego Padres outfielder Jon Jay has a broken right forearm and will require a stint on the disabled list.

Jay was plunked by Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez with an 89 MPH fastball during a game on June 19. A post-game X-ray came back negative, so Jay was not placed on the disabled list at the time. The Padres were optimistic that Jay could return to action with a few days off; however, Jay was still experiencing pain on Monday, June 27, so he underwent a CT scan.

The scan revealed a fracture of Jay’s right forearm, an ailment that’s much more serious and time consuming than a contusion. Though a timetable for his return has not been publicly announced, it’s expected that Jay will miss the next four-to-six weeks.

San Diego acquired Jay in December from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for utility infielder Jedd Gyorko. Jay missed two full months of the 2015 season while recovering from left wrist tendinitis and batted a measly .210 in 79 games for the Cardinals.

Jay, San Diego’s primary center fielder, has been one of the Padres’ top producers with the bat this season, leading the team with 24 doubles, a .296 batting average, and a .345 on-base percentage. His respectable offensive season paired with the Padres’ 33-45 win-loss record made Jay a candidate to be traded in the weeks preceding the non-waiver trade deadline on August 1. In the midst of one of the best seasons of his seven-year career, Jay may have brought a decent return for the Padres as they look to sell off assets.

Though Jay is likely to be sidelined when the deadline passes, the Padres still have pieces to sell shall they be willing to deal. Right-handed starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz remains an attractive player for teams such as the Miami Marlins and Texas Rangers, who are looking to add a starter or two to their pitching staffs. There is a possibility Jay could be passed through waivers and traded after he returns from the DL, but for a lesser return. He will be a free agent at the end of the year.

Travis Jankowski has filled in for Jay in center field since the injury occurred and likely will continue to throughout Jay’s absence. Over his previous sixteen games, Jankowski is batting .269 with five stolen bases.

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