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Mets’ Jason Bay Ready To Ramp Up Rehab; Late-May Return?

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NEW YORK (WFAN) – The Mets’ “Bay Watch” is on — again.

Oft-injured outfielder Jason Bay was cleared to resume baseball activities after being examined by a team doctor Monday night at Citi Field, according to MLB.com.

Bay was placed on the 15-day disabled list last month with a non-displaced fracture of a rib on his left side. He was hurt after an out-of-reach fly ball to left field resulted in a hard landing on April 23.

Mets manager Terry Collins said he thought Bay, once on a rehab program, might be able to return in seven to 10 days. That would put the outfielder on pace for late May.

“My guess is, knowing Jason, as soon as he starts doing baseball activities he’ll get back pretty quick,” Collins said. “He works so hard. … Get him back in some baseball, some running form, and get him out on a rehab assignment where he can get some at-bats.”

Bay will resume baseball activities at Citi Field this week, MLB.com reported, and will get some work in at Port St. Lucie over the weekend. Bay said he had just done some basic cardio on a stationary bike and elliptical since the injury.

“I can’t just jump into the cage, take hacks and then be on the field,” he said. “There’s a ramping up that goes with it, so I just want to start that. And if there are things along the way that bother me, I’ll slow down a bit.”

Bay is batting .240 with three home runs and five RBIs in his third season with New York.

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