NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Jason Bay originally hoped to be back in the Mets’ lineup this Saturday. According to GM Sandy Alderson, the outfielder may be out for a while longer.

“The doctors thought he might be ready when his days on the DL expired,” Alderson said just before the Mets’ 7-1 win over Philadelphia. “But that looks unlikely.”

The team officially placed him on the 15-day disabled list last Thursday. New York backdated the move to March 25, making Bay eligible to return April 9.

“I’m anticipating being out there next Saturday, which would be my goal. See how it goes,” Bay said last week.

He was scratched the lineup against Washington on March 29 because of discomfort in his rib cage.

“He’s still playing catch, still got a little soreness, still hasn’t started to swing a bat,” said Alderson.

When will Bay return? Make your prediction in the comments below…

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