NEW YORK -- This was not similar to what Jason Bay felt in 2010, when he crashed into a wall at Dodger Stadium and suffered a concussion. Nor was it similar to what Bay suffered last spring, when he strained an intercostal muscle and landed on the disabled list.
But Bay was somewhat shaken after bruising the left side of his ribcage in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against the Giants, landing awkwardly and appearing to slam his face into the turf. X-rays taken on Bay's ribcage were negative, though the outfielder may receive a precautionary MRI exam on Tuesday, and it sounded doubtful that he would be in the lineup.
"I can't tell you how I'm going to feel tomorrow," Bay said after Monday's game. "Given the nature of it, I'll probably be pretty sore. But I may be all right."
Sprinting back to chase Gregor Blanco's double in the fourth inning, Bay dove backward but only managed to touch the ball with the tip of his glove. As the ball bounced away, Bay landed on the grass and needed a moment to collect himself, before walking back to his position in left field.
"I fully feel like I absolutely laid out for that ball," Bay said. "I wasn't really running. I thought it was a full-extended, backwards dive for me."
Singling in his at-bat in the bottom of the inning, Bay felt some additional ribcage discomfort when he swung. Yet he remained in the game until the eighth, leaving at that point to receive his X-ray.
"It's sore," Bay said. "I'm kind of hoping it was just a bruise."
Any injury comes complete with caution flags for Bay, who missed the final two months of 2010 with a concussion, then spent the first three weeks of 2011 on the DL with a left intercostal strain. When healthy, Bay has struggled through his first two-plus years as a Met, though he did extend his current hitting streak to eight games with his fourth-inning single.
In 15 games overall, Bay is batting .240 with three home runs and 17 strikeouts in 50 at-bats.