Jon Jay slated to undergo season-ending surgery
After being signed in the offseason to a one-year deal, outfielder Jon Jay never truly got going in 2019, and his season is going to be over, as he is slated to undergo season-ending surgery. Having been placed on the injured list with a strained right hip, the injury was later determined to be a tear in the hip, thus making surgery a necessity and ending his season prematurely.
This same hip injury held Jay out from starting his 2019 season all the way until June 24, so Jay only saw the field for 182 plate appearances, barely impacting the team’s performance on his way to producing eight doubles and a dreadful slash line of .267/.311/.315.
Jay was a part of the crew of one-year agreements that the White Sox signed this past offseason as they were gearing up to try and sign prized free agent Manny Machado, who ultimately ended up signing a big-time deal with the San Diego Padres. For Jay, his tenure as a member of the White Sox has been very uneventful, and may even be over, as he did not show enough to potentially justify another deal with the team.
For the White Sox, their 2019 season seemed to be over before it even began, as falling in the chase for Machado truly showed how this team pushed all of their chips to the middle of the table. While their chances at bringing Machado aboard were quite good, their roster construction was not built up as well as some of the other teams, and the Padres have a better youthful core that has a ton of upside coming up to the majors as soon as 2020.
Starting pitcher Lucas Giolito has been the team’s MVP so far in 2019, as the young starter has easily become the team’s ace for many more years to come. Needing to look forward to 2020, the White Sox have an up-and-coming core of players that seem to be hitting their strides very soon, and while Giolito looks to be at the center of that rebuild, Jay seems to be on the outside looking in, even as a veteran presence.