NEW YORK -- Still feeling the effects of a jammed right shoulder suffered over the weekend, Jason Bay was out of the Mets' lineup Tuesday evening against the Nationals. Neither he nor the team expected the outfielder to miss any more than one game.
"He said it felt better [Monday]," manager Terry Collins said. "But I told him he needed to get a day, so I thought [Tuesday] would be the day for him."
Not wanting to sit against a left-handed starter on Monday, Bay instead played and finished 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. It was the first disappointment in some time for Bay, who won National League Player of the Week honors after hitting .481 with two home runs, five doubles and 10 RBIs last week.
Bay has fared particularly well against left-handed pitchers this season, hitting .302 with a .509 slugging percentage and five of his 12 home runs, despite taking fewer than a third of his at-bats against lefties.