NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Jason Bay went 1-for-3 in his return to the Mets’ starting lineup Thursday after a short absence to attend the birth of his son.

Terry Collins, an admitted old-school manager, has mixed feelings about MLB’s new paternity leave list.

“Twenty-five years ago nobody left,” said Collins. “You played because the season was six months long or five months long. But the rules changed and that’s part of the basic agreement now, but they got this rule which helps you so you don’t lose a player and you can keep a core roster. We adjust to it. I’m sure the wives are happier.”

Bay was away for two games while his wife, Kristen, delivered the couple’s third child. Garrett David Bay was born Tuesday night.

“I think it’s classy to afford the team the luxury,” Bay said, “and make it so the player doesn’t have to worry about leaving someone shorthanded.”

Outfielder Lucas Duda was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. He went 0-for-3 during Bay’s absence.

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