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Bay scratched with strained rib muscle

Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:25 am
Edited on: March 29, 2011 12:47 pm
By Matt Snyder

As if the Mets needed more problems.

Finally freed from the albatrosses that were Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez, in addition to looking forward to the full-time return of Carlos Beltran, things were finally starting to look up.

And then Jason Bay went down with a strained intercostal muscle -- a ribcage muscle that is comparable to an oblique strain. (New York Daily News )

All we know at this point is that Bay was taking batting practice when the injury occurred. He was immediately removed from the lineup for Tuesday's spring game and went back to Port St. Lucie for further medical attention. From there, the team can make a roster decision. ( )

We do know that opening day is this week and injuries of the sort generally take at least a few weeks to shake. Do the math.

Bay, 32, played only 95 games last season after a concussion cut his first stint with the Mets short. He hit .259 with six home runs, 47 RBI and a .749 OPS. He was coming off a 36-home run, 119-RBI season with the Red Sox and signed a four-year contract with the Mets.

If Bay is forced to miss any time, the Mets are in trouble in the outfield. Nick Evans was placed on waivers Monday, so they could hope to get him back. There's also Willie Harris, Scott Hairston or Lucas Duda. And, of course, there's always the worry Beltran reaggravates his knee injury. Simply put, the outfield is in danger of being a complete mess.

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Category: MLB
Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:00 pm
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Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 10:58 pm

Bay scratched with strained rib muscle

I'm not discouraged because I think as a rebuilding year, this is a good time for the Mets to find out what all these young players can do. 

That said, I'd like to add a little annoyance at learning that Nick Evans was placed on waivers.  Why in heck haven't the Mets ever given him a chance?  The few times I've seen him, he certainly looks like a major league hitter (though I can't say anything about his defense).  He lit up spring training a few years ago, then Minaya went out and signed the worthless Gary Sheffield and Evans was allowed to rot at Triple-A.  Now, they may lose him if he doesn't clear waivers.  Use this year to give the man a chance, and let Duda get more at-bats in the minors because he looked overmatched last September.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 6:39 pm

Bay scratched with strained rib muscle

Too funny that these so-called "reporters" think they know anything. Hairston is a supersub and is more than an adequate 2-3 week fill-in. Duda could start as well. The Mets could even play Harris a little. They'll be fine and Bay will be back shortly.

Wright, Reyes and Davis can all hit on the infield. Emaus and Thole are young, but have offensive potential. Murphy can hit off the bench. The Mets are going to surprise many because offensively they will have some pop and depth. I didn't even mention Beltran here because I think he'll go down and you could see a Duda/Hairston platoon with Bay back in LF for 145 games or so.

Mets fans, don't let these neanderthals discourage you. This team will be better than 2009 or 2010. The attitude, coaching and talent is actually better. Thole, Davis, Emaus and Duda will inject youth, while Wright, Reyes and Bay will provide a veteran and productivity.

This team will hang around the periphery of the wild card all year. While the rotation is hardly glamorous, it's deeper with Young and Capuano. The pen is better than 2010. Carrasco, Beato, Buchholz and Parnell give the Mets more flexibility, more talent and more options than they've had in awhile. The bench is also much better. Los Mets are dead, the Mets are back.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 5:07 pm

Bay scratched with strained rib muscle

you get these types of injuries in non contact sports by not staying in shape. MLB contracts are year round deals. it is the athletes job to stay in shape and not get hurt. too many athletes get hurt during camps. you should be in shape year round. not just show up to spring training and try to get in shape real quick. that's how you get hurt. plus i think this guy was juicing.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:54 pm

Bay scratched with strained rib muscle

A whole lot play into his drop in numbers, 32 years old doesnt mean hes gonna develope into a better player he has peaked already. Injuries linger longer and the speed starts to go. Thats why its the sluggers that tend to stick around longer and become a DH on an AL team.  Shea is notorious for killing hitters.  The park is has always sucked the stats away from them.  In a full healthy sesason I can still see him batting .300/ 80R / 90RBI/ 20Hr/ 15SB but he will also need a healthy lineup around him. Im sorry to say, but I think Beltran is done, I see Beltrans health becoming a drain on the team and trying to play though pain wont help a team that already has lots of holes. The brightest spot o this team to me is Ike Davis, he got a lot of respect at the plate last year and saw nowhere near the amount of fastballs that a rookie hitter normally get thrown his way.  In a healthy line up Ike Davis becomes a .260 30/10 guy by 2012

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 2:51 pm

Bay scratched with strained rib muscle

Amazingly, the Mets season has already ended before it started.  What a pathetic organizaiton.  It's going to take at least three years for ANYTHING positive to start happening for this franchise.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 1:57 pm

Bay scratched with strained rib muscle

Waaaaaah waaaaaahh - the Mets have injuries like everyone else!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 1:10 pm

Bay scratched with strained rib muscle

Man, those long term free agent contracts just don't seem to work in Queens.  Wasn't Bay a relatively healthy player with the Pirates and Sox?  I wonder if he ever regrets leaving Boston.  And yes, he is definitely a bust.

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: March 29, 2011 1:05 pm
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Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 12:47 pm

Bay scratched with strained rib muscle

Give Duda a shot...he is the future

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