Report: Mets set return date for OF Bay

BY foxsports • April 13, 2011

Mets outfielder Jason Bay's disabled list stint will extend until at least the final week of April, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

General manager Sandy Alderson on Tuesday eliminated the possibility of Bay joining the team this weekend in Atlanta, and set April 26 at Washington as the new target date for the left fielder to return.

Bay, who strained a muscle in his left ribcage area during batting practice two weeks ago, is swinging a bat in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

"These injuries are hard to predict," Alderson said before the Mets were rained out against Colorado Tuesday night.

Bay was originally hopeful for a return last Saturday. Manager Terry Collins later thought Bay might be ready for the upcoming weekend series in Atlanta, but Alderson said it is "unrealistic" to expect a return before April 26.

Bay, signed by the Mets to a four-year $66 million deal in Dec. 2009, has not played a regular season game since last July when he sustained a concussion. The 32-year-old, three-time All-Star hit .259 with six homers and 47 RBIs prior to the injury.

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