Tag:Jason Bay
Posted on: August 13, 2010 8:34 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 8:46 pm

Cardinals' LaRue to DL with post-fight concussion

Jason LaRue
Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue, who was kicked in the head by Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto during a fight between the teams on Tuesday night, is going on the disabled list as symptoms of a concussion linger. The Cardinals made the announcement during their game Friday night.

Outfielder Nick Stavinoha was called up from Triple-A Memphis. The Cardinals had already called up a third catcher, Steven Hill, on Wednesday.

Cueto is serving a seven-game suspension for kicking several people while pinned against the backstop during the scrum. LaRue had to have stitches in his lip and also suffered seriously bruised ribs, and pitcher Chris Carpenter was left with scratches on his back from Cueto's cleats.

Carpenter, who was fined in the incident, spoke out Friday about Cueto's actions.

“He came in there with intent to do something because he came in from the back side when you look at it," he said, according to FoxSportsMidwest.com. "I was in the same position. I was in a worse position. I had people grabbing on top of me and holding me and I didn’t start kicking people and doing all that stuff.

“All this stuff that happened – the yelling, the pushing, the fighting and everything else – there was nobody throwing punches. There was nobody doing any of that. I don’t care how scared you are, I don’t care what the deal is. Whatever excuse you have, you don’t start doing that. If you did that on the street, he would end up being…That’s serious stuff.”

It's been a bad year in baseball for concussions, an injury whose recovery is impossible to predict. Mets outfielder Jason Bay is out indefinitely with a concussion, as is Twins star first baseman Justin Morneau.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 6:19 pm

Bay sits with concussion symptoms

Mets outfielder Jason Bay was out of the lineup Tuesday with mild concussion symptoms stemming from a collision with the outfield wall last Friday in Los Angeles. He played the rest of the weekend series but apparently complained about the symptoms during the plane ride back to New York.

ESPNNewYork.com reported that Bay didn't think he'd be out long: "If all goes well, inside of a week," he said.

Another report said Bay was going on the disabled list, but it's not clear where that came from or whether that move is imminent.

At any rate, this probably takes Jeff Francoeur off the trade market, at least prior to Saturday's non-waiver deadline. With David DeJesus injured and lost for the year, and Corey Hart out for at least a few days with a wrist injury, the field of available outfielders is looking a bit thin outside the big names like Adam Dunn and Prince Fielder.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 1:59 pm

Beltran return creates OF questions

Carlos Beltran The Mets will have the welcome sight of Carlos Beltran back in the outfield Thursday night, but the five-time All-Star brings some lineup challenges with his powerful bat.

Beltran has yet to play this season after January surgery on his right knee, and missed much of the 2009 season because of the knee. He won't play every day initially, but when he's ready, that leaves manager Jerry Manuel trying to juggle four outfielders: Beltran, Jason Bay, Angel Pagan and Jeff Francoeur.

The Mets haven't been great offensively -- they're ninth in the National League in runs -- but center field has been the least of their worries, with Angel Pagan filling in marvelously (.315/.372/.473, 40 RBI, 19 stolen bases).

When Beltran is ready to play every day, Francoeur, batting .253, could be the odd man out as Pagan plays regularly in right. Francoeur, batting .303 against left-handed starters, should get some starts against lefties, though the switch-hitting Pagan is no slouch (.283) against left-handers either.

At any rate, working in a player the caliber of Beltran into the lineup is a problem most teams would love to have.

-- David Andriesen

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