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Jason Bay back in the lineup for the first time since concussion

Feb 26, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

Jason Bay sliding

There are lineup cards being tweeted left and right this morning, but one of the more overlooked names is Jason Bay. As noted by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Bay is in the Mets’ lineup today for the first time since suffering a concussion last July in Los Angeles.

We haven’t heard as much about Bay as his friend and fellow countryman Justin Morneau this offseason, but that’s because the 32-year-old outfielder has actually felt symptom-free for a while now.

“I don’t feel any different,” Bay said. “I really haven’t thought any differently. It’s just another game. I’ve felt good for a while. Spring training has been normal. I kind of expect the first game to feel normal, too.”

Signed to a four-year, $66 million contract last January, Bay struggled miserably in his first season with the Mets, batting just .259/.347/.402 with six home runs, 47 RBI and a .749 OPS over 401 plate appearances. The Mets probably won’t contend this season, but rebound seasons from players like Bay and Carlos Beltran could at least give them one of the more potent offenses in the National League.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Feb 26, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    I do hope that Bay and Beltran can do well for the Metropolitans this year. It is so distasteful to talk money with my Mets friends.

  2. BC - Feb 26, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Yay. I guess.

  3. Old Gator - Feb 26, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    If Bay can hit two pitches at the same time, will he be able to convince the official scorer that they both went over the wall?

  4. henryd3rd - Feb 27, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    We’ll have to wait and see if Jason Bay is fully recovered from his concussion after the season starts. Justin Morneau is still suffering the ill effects of his concussion that resulted in him missing a significant portion of the 2010 season. With all the problems that the Mets are facing let’s hope they can at the very least field a healthy team

    • Old Gator - Feb 27, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      That’s true. You have to wonder if they’ll even be able to pay their post-Obamacare team medical insurance premiums this season if Bud Light doesn’t pay if for them.

  5. rcali - Feb 27, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    $126 million in salaries for the Mets and they ‘probably won’t contend this year.” Can’t be mad at the players for owners over paying them. The “steriod era” level salaries have got to go.

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