NEW YORK -- Though Mets manager Jerry Manuel recently reneged on his proclamation that Jason Bay may be done for the year, so far there have been no indications to the contrary.
Mets doctors still have not cleared Bay, on the disabled list with a concussion since July 26, to participate in baseball activities. Until they do, he cannot even begin to work toward a return.
"The basic situation is it's in the hands of the doctors," general manager Omar Minaya said. "Right now, he hasn't been cleared to do baseball activities at all."
Bay was batting .259 with six home runs and 47 RBIs in 95 games before the concussion, in the first season of a four-year, $66 million free-agent contract.