NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Mets left fielder Jason Bay will be placed on the disabled list, reports WFAN’s Jon Heyman.

Bay left Florida Wednesday morning, heading to New York for tests on his strained left rib cage muscle.

He was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup against Washington because of discomfort in his rib cage, and the team acknowledged there was a chance he would start the season on the disabled list.

“At this particular time, we have to be very cautious, because I dont want to lose this guy for a month.” manager Terry Collins said.

Lucas Duda remains in camp and will cover left field during Bay’s absence. Nick Evans was placed on waivers Monday and his status is unclear.

“It’s a possibility, of course, this late in spring, but we’ll wait and see what happens and keep following it the next couple days until we get a feel for what it actually is and how it’s progressing,” Alderson said yesterday. “We’ll probably have a move or two we won’t make until the very end.”

Bay missed the final two months last season because of a concussion.

Do you have confidence that Bay will have a productive year for the Mets? Sound off in the comments below…

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Comments (8)
  1. Robert S. says:

    I’m not one of those negative, panicky Met fans. I expect him to be back in about 3 weeks which, considering this injury, would be reasonable. I kinda like Duda, but I think the Mets should give Hairston the lion’s share of the playing time. He had an awesome spring.

  2. CATMAN says:

    i did where is it? CATMAN

  3. Johnny Bench says:

    Beltran will join him in a week. The boys of summer are back,

  4. Lucifer says:

    Mets team is cursed. They need to get an exorcist. Get a priest, Buddha priest, Haitian witch doctor, a Jewish rabbi; get somebody in there to try to remove this curse. Use chicken bone, holy water, pigs blood, bull nuts, combine & then shake all with a rattle snake

    This all happened because the Mets asked God for a WS title over the Yankees in 2000, God said no. The Devil then offered the fans a title, but told them only in one condition, the Mets would never win another title. A WS victory over the Yankees, Mets fans took the offer not thinking twice. The devil of course renegaded on the offer, but he’s now back now to collect.

  5. don says:

    no he is done

  6. Master Shake says:

    Looks like the Mets are in mid-season form already.

  7. Einstein says:

    Well, it depends on if he can play or not.

  8. antnchrismom says:

    Jason Bay will start the year on the DL ..Why else would he be flying to New York today unless it was an ailing injury..See you in June Bay!!!

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