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.

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