Bay ready to make return to Mets

Bay ready to make return to Mets

Bay ready to make return to Mets
WASHINGTON -- The Mets are about to grow a bit healthier, with Jason Bay likely to return from the disabled list in time for Wednesday's game against the Nationals.

A day after missing a scheduled rehab game due to illness, Bay played nine innings in the field for Class A St. Lucie, finishing 0-for-3 with a walk. He should step back into the starting left fielder's job upon his return, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis subbing at all three outfield positions.

The Mets play six of their next eight games in American League parks, meaning there should be plenty of opportunity for outfielders Bay, Nieuwenhuis, Andres Torres and Lucas Duda all to log at-bats.

Bay has been on the disabled list since April 24 with a fractured left rib and, prior to Tuesday's game, manager Terry Collins seemed eager to have him back.

"If he's ready to go," Collins said, "we might as well get him up here."

Not as fortunate is shortstop Ruben Tejada, who cited tightness in his right quad in removing himself in top of the third inning of a rehab game Tuesday with Triple-A Buffalo. Tejada has been on the disabled list since May 7 with a strained quad, and has now suffered multiple setbacks in his recovery. Collins indicated that Tejada will probably abandon his rehab assignment, reporting back to Port St. Lucie, Fla. to continue receiving treatment.