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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Bay not coming back so soon

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Jason Bay #...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Any hope the Mets had that outfielder Jason Bay would return to play Saturday, the day he is eligible to come off the disabled list, has been dashed.

Bay, who has a strained rib-cage muscle, still has not been able to swing a bat, so his return will probably be delayed a few days, if not longer.

General Manager Sandy Alderson said that Bay played catch Tuesday at the Mets’ facilities in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but that some residual soreness was keeping him from hitting, so the Saturday target date appeared unrealistic.

“I’d say right now it’s unlikely,” Alderson said.

Bay strained an intercostal muscle on the left side of his rib cage while taking batting practice before the penultimate spring training game on March 29 and has not been able to swing since.

Bay and the Mets say they do not think the injury is particularly serious, but rib-cage muscle strains can be tricky for batters because they put extreme torque on their bodies during a swing.
“It’s all about how a guy is feeling day to day,” Alderson said. “It’s a little hard to predict. The doctors thought he would be ready when his days on the D.L. expired, but now that seems unlikely.”

Bay has not played in a regular-season game since July 25. He was shut down after that because of concussion symptoms.
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