NEW YORK (AP) – Jason Bay has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, and the New York Mets hope the All-Star left fielder will give their foundering lineup a much-needed lift.
Bay was set to hit fifth Thursday night against Houston. He had been out since spring training because of a strained left rib cage.
The Mets have the worst record in baseball at 5-13 and are hitting just .238.
To make room for Bay, the Mets placed Bobby Parnell on the 15-day DL because of numbness in his right middle finger. Team doctors suspect a blood clot is causing the problem and Parnell will be treated with aspirin.
Bay has not played since July 25 because of a concussion. Last season he hit .259 with six homers and 47 RBIs.
From the Mets:
METS ACTIVATE OUTFIELDER JASON BAY FROM THE DISABLED LIST;
PLACE RHP BOBBY PARNELL ON THE 15-DAY DL
FLUSHING, N.Y., April 21, 2011 – The New York Mets today announced that they have activated outfielder Jason Bay from the 15-Day Disabled List and placed righthanded pitcher Bobby Parnell on the 15-Day DL, retroactive to yesterday, with numbness in his middle finger of the right hand.
Bay began the 2011 campaign on the Disabled List with a strained left rib cage. The Mets leftfielder last appeared in a major league game on July 25, 2010 at Los Angeles (NL).
The 6-2, 211-pounder went 6-12 (.500) with two home runs, four singles, three walks and four RBI during five major league rehabilitation games with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League.
Bay hit .259 (90-348) with 20 doubles, six triples, six home runs and 47 RBI in 95 games last year in his first season with the Mets.
Parnell was 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA (five earned runs/7.1 innings) in eight games with the Mets this season.