Mets News and Notes:
Tim Byrdak is due to get an MRI to help determine the extent of the damage to his left shoulder today. There may be word as well whether Kirk Nieuwenhuis requires surgery for the plantar fascia tear in his right foot, which he suffered with Buffalo.
Johan Santana tossed three scoreless innings in a rehab start for Brooklyn on Sunday night. Terry Collins expects the 33-year-old left-hander will be activated from the DL on Saturday to face the Braves. Santana threw 38 pitches (29 strikes) while surrendering one hit and one walk and striking out three. He upped his pitch count to 90 by throwing in the bullpen at Coney Island afterward. Santana landed on the DL with a right-ankle sprain, although team officials believe that contributed to shoulder fatigue.
"My whole right side feels good," Santana told Stephen Haynes in Newsday. "Even though my ankle was what was bothering me, I was able to rest my whole body. That's something I really needed."
Jason Bay went 2-for-31 on the road trip. He could start Tuesday when the Mets face Marlins left-hander Wade LeBlanc, but Bay's playing time now may greatly diminish according to a article in Newsday.