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Saturday, July 07, 2012

Injury Updates: Torres, Santana, Bay

Injury Updates:

Andres Torres said he’s dealing with back spams, but the Mets center fielder expects he’ll be back after the All-Star break.

Terry Collins called Torres “day-to-day” before the game, and expected that he wouldn’t play in the team’s three-game weekend series against Chicago.

“A couple more days and I’ll be fine,” Torres said. “It’s not that bad. I just have to wait before we see if something happens and it gets worse. I don’t wanna lose a few weeks, that’s why I’ll just go day by day.”

Johan Santana twisted his ankle in the fifth inning of Friday’s 8-7 loss to the Cubs, but the Mets left-hander isn’t concerned that the injury will cause him to miss any time.

“I still feel it a little bit, but I don’t think it’ll be a big deal,” Santana said. “I’ll be fine.”

The injury occurred as Santana was trying to catch Justin Turner’s flip at first base with his bare hand. Santana dropped the ball, and Reed Johnson -- who had hit a dribbler between the mound and first leading off the frame -- stepped on his ankle, causing him to go down for a moment. At the time, the score was tied at 2.

Terry Collins and Ray Ramirez came out to the mound to check on Santana, but he felt fine after throwing two warmup pitches, so Collins let him stay in.

Santana went on to give up hits to six of the next seven batters he faced -- including a crushing three-run homer to Anthony Rizzo and a solo shot by Jeff Baker -- before being lifted.

Jason Bay (concussion) will do a couple days of batting practice, running and defensive drills at the team’s spring training complex before participating in rehab games for Class A St. Lucie.

The Mets hope Bay starts playing for St. Lucie on Sunday. The plan is for Bay to play two or three games there, then head to Triple-A Buffalo for a few more rehab games before returning to the majors.

“When he comes back, we will insert him in the lineup, and hopefully he’ll be ready to get himself back on track,” Collins said. “We certainly need his bat in the lineup.”

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