Jon Jay’s season never really got started with the White Sox.
The outfielder didn’t debut until June 24 and is now about to undergo season-ending surgery on his hip. Jay was placed on the injured list on Friday with Ryan Cordell coming up from Charlotte to take his place.
Rick Renteria told reporters later on Friday that Jay will have surgery to repair a hip strain. This is the same injury he had that cost him the start of the season.
Jay played in just 47 games in 2019. He hit .267/.311/.315 with nine RBIs.
Jay was brought to the White Sox on a one-year deal in the offseason. The storyline of that move was that Jay was good friends with free agent Manny Machado. Machado signed with the Padres and Jay began the season on the injured list.
It’s unclear if the White Sox would try to bring Jay back next year. He will be 35 before Opening Day in 2020, but could be a reasonably affordable bench option. Jay made $4,000,000 in 2019.
Cordell takes his place on the roster, but was likely to re-join the team as a September call-up anyway. He now joins just before rosters expand, but may have more playing time with Jay out of the lineup.