Jon Jay getting closer to return

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and outfielder Jon Jay are getting closer to getting back on the field, reports

Wainwright faced live hitters for the first time Sunday and is expected to throw another batting practice before appearing in his first game this spring. He may do that by Thursday.

"[We'll] just continue to kind of push him a little bit," manager Mike Matheny said.

Meanwhile, Jay is still recovering from offseason wrist surgery, but has been able to swing.

"If he can get things going [by next week]," Matheny said, "he's still right on track to be ready to go [for Opening Day]."

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