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Jason Bay set to begin rehab assignment this weekend

Jun 2, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

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Jason Bay has missed well over a month with a non-displaced fractured rib, but he’s finally close to making his way back to the Mets’ lineup.

According to Matt Ehalt of ESPN New York, Bay is set to serve as the designated hitter this weekend in rehab games with High-A St. Lucie. The hope is that he’ll be able to play the outfield by Monday and return shortly thereafter.

Bay, 33, was hitting .240/.316/.460 with three homers, five RBI and a .776 OPS over 15 games prior to suffering the injury on April 23. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Scott Hairston and Mike Baxter have all logged significant playing time during his absence, but Mets manager Terry Collins has already said that Bay will “absolutely” get his starting left field job back.

  1. dfh3456 - Jun 2, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Too bad for the Mets. As a Mets fan, I can say with certainty that Neuwenheis is much better, and younger, and I am not sure that either Hairston or Baxter are a downgrade. I know in the Mets fantasy world, Bay gets hot, and they find a sucker at the trading deadline. Better to accept that he is a sunk cost, use him, at most as a platoon hitter against a very tough lefty, and a bat off the bench. No team would trade a box of baseballs for Bay, even if the Mets ate half the contract.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      Jason Bay is sufffering from the PswI problem – conjuring visions of the Jeremy Burnitz trade from the day he arrrived. They should have had someone in the front office to adivse them against the signing but the PwsI has just not acquired the same type of credibility that things like WAR have for some reason.

  2. jjpileggi - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Bay seems like a good guy, humble and hard working. He deserves a good break, as do the suffering Met fans. Here’s hoping he comes back and can contribute and stay healthy.

    John Pileggi

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