Mets LF Bay hits wall, leaves game
Mets left fielder Jason Bay was injured again Friday night when he crashed into the wall while trying to catch an inside-the-park homer by Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds.
The team said Bay left the game with a possible concussion, the latest setback for a player who has been an injury-plagued bust in New York since signing a $66 million, four-year contract before the 2010 season.
Bay missed the final two months of his first season with the Mets because of a concussion he sustained while slamming into the left-field fence to make a catch at Dodger Stadium.
Bruce led off the second inning with an opposite-field drive into the left-field corner. Bay raced back, tumbled to the warning track as the ball barely eluded him and then hit his head against the lower part of the fence.
Bay, recently activated from the disabled list, struggled to get to his feet and find the ball. He finally fired it toward the infield, but Bruce slid across the plate to easily beat the relay.
It was Cincinnati’s first inside-the-park homer since Drew Stubbs hit one against Toronto on June 17, 2011. The previous inside-the-park shot against the Mets was hit by Blake DeWitt of the Dodgers in Los Angeles on May 6, 2008.
Mets manager Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez came out to check on Bay, who limped slightly as he walked off the field with Ramirez. Third baseman David Wright patted Bay on the head.
Scott Hairston took over in left field. Moments later, he bobbled Ryan Ludwick’s double down the left-field line for an error that allowed a run to score.
Bay is batting .187 with four home runs and six RBIs. He was on the disabled list from April 24 until June 6 with a broken rib and is 2 for 25 with a home run since being activated.
Hairston hit a two-run homer in the seventh.