Manuel backtracks, says Bay may return

Manuel backtracks, says Bay may return

PITTSBURGH -- Since being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion after the Mets got back from their West Coast trip to start the second half, Jason Bay still hasn't resumed baseball activities.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel broached the possibility that Bay might not come back at all this season.

"That's the way I see it," Manuel explained. "I could be way out of line or way out of bounds, but that's the way I see it."

Following the game Manuel backtracked on his pregame statement about Bay.

"It appears that I was a little premature in saying that Jason Bay wouldn't be back," Manuel stated. "It appears that he is recovering nicely, and there is a possibility that he will be back."

Bay contacted a Mets spokesman, and said that he feels he will be back playing before the season is over.

No timetable has been set for his return, and with the season winding down, questions were starting to arise as to whether Bay would return at all.

It is doubtful that Bay would be able to play any rehab games if he is able to make an attempt at a return with the Minor League season ending on Sept. 6. Manuel indicated that Bay is still far away from playing.

"The last I heard is that he was doing minimal activity," Manuel stated. "Nothing baseball-related."

Bay was batting just .259 with six homers and 47 RBIs this season, before being placed on the DL on July 26. The $66 million outfielder sustained a concussion while slamming into a wall in Los Angeles on July 23. Bay played two games before having headaches on the flight home.

George Von Benko is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.