Mets Patient with BayBy Dalton Scantling on April 7, 2011 at 1:01 am in Mets
On March 31 the New York Mets placed OF Jason Bay on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 25, with a strained intercostal muscle. For those of you who aren’t doctors the intercostal muscle is located in the rib cage and can be very slow to heal. Based off of Jason Bay’s luck last season with injuries it was probably a safe bet he wouldn’t be ready to come off the disabled list when expected. Sandy Alderson said today that it is “unlikely” that Jason Bay will be ready to return on Saturday when he is eligible to come off of the disabled list.
Bay has been throwing in Port St. Lucie, but is still feeling soreness in his rib cage. Due to this soreness Bay has yet to swing a bat since the injury occurred. Terry Collins said yesterday that he expects Bay to start swing some time this week. Jason Bay said that he is improving, but is still not ready. Since there is no set time it takes for a strained intercostal muscle to heal, the Mets have no clue when to expect Bay to make his 2011 debut.
The Mets are off to a 3-2 start without Bay in the lineup. He has been replaced with a platoon of Lucas Duda, Willie Harris, and Scott Hairston. So far Willie Harris has been the star of the trio batting .357 with four runs batted in and one home run. Harris is tied for the team lead with his four runs batted in. He may have earned some extra playing time even when Bay returns with his hot start.
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