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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Jason Bay Most Likely to Start the Season on DL

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According to Yahoo.Sports,  Mets left fielder Jason Bay(notes) may not have fully found his timing at the plate in New York just yet, but his timing seems even worse when it comes to getting injured.

The New York Post reports that Bay could be headed to the disabled list to start the season depending on an evaluation Wednesday. GM Sandy Alderson said Bay felt soreness in his left ribcage area, according to the Post.

Team medical personnel evaluated Bay Tuesday and he'll get another look-over Wednesday, the Post notes. He was also scheduled for X-rays.

"At this particular time we have to be very cautious, because I don't want to lose this guy for a month," manager Terry Collins said, the Post reports. "If we have to lose him for a week, 10 days, that's a hell of a lot better than losing him for two months."

According to Fox Sports , Lucas Duda  has been told he is headed to Miami as the team's starting left fielder on Opening Day against the Florida Marlins.

"It came down to the last day and it's unfortunate that Jason hurt his ribcage," Duda said. "Obviously you don't want to see that happen. He's a great ballplayer and an even better guy so you hate to see that. But I've got to try and help the team anyway I can until Jason gets healthy."

The fact Bay did not appear in the Mets' final six spring training games will allow the team to backdate the DL stint, making him eligible to rejoin the team on April 9.

Bay signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Mets before last season. He then batted .259 with six homers and 47 RBIs in only 95 games for the team last year.
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