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Jason Bay could return from disabled list as soon as Tuesday

Apr 16, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

Jason Bay sliding

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Jason Bay could be activated from the disabled list for Tuesday’s series opener against the Astros at Citi Field. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said earlier this week that Bay would return from the disabled list no sooner than April 26.

Bay has been sidelined since the end of spring training due to a strained left intercostal muscle during his rib cage. He went 0-for-2 with a walk in an extended spring training game yesterday and will play in minor league rehab games with High-A St. Lucie today and tomorrow.

Mets left fielders are batting just .220/.316/.360 with a .676 OPS over  50 at-bats during Bay’s absence, so their offense could certainly use the boost.

Bay disappointed in his first year with the Mets last season by batting .259/.347/.402 with six homers and 47 RBI over 401 plate appearances. He missed the final two months of the season with a concussion.

  1. purdueman - Apr 16, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Bay signing with the Mets was just another blown golden marketing opportunity for a team that could have really used him, even if he turned out to be a disappointment at the plate. In Bay’s case, he should have been signed by either the Giants or the A’s so that they could have marketed the slogan: “Down by the Bay!”.

    An even bigger missed opportunity though was when the Giants didn’t jump on signing Josh Fogg the two times he became a free agent. What more natural marketing slogan than: “As Fogg rolls in from the bullpen down by the Bay?”

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