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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Jason Bay will start in left field when he returns

Mets Manager Terry Collins indicated Tuesday that Jason Bay (rib) will get his starting left field job back when he returns from the disabled list.

"Absolutely," said Collins. "He didn’t come here to be an extra player." Bay was recently cleared for baseball activities, but is likely about 10 days to two weeks away from coming off the disabled list.

We think a platoon with rookie Kirk Nieuwenhuis is inevitable, but the Mets will at least give Bay an opportunity to keep his job.

The 33-year-old was hitting .240 with three homers and a .776 OPS over his first 50 at-bats prior to suffering a non-displaced fractured rib on April 23.

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