New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel said the team will delay making a decision about whether to send left fielder Jason Bay to the disabled list until at least Friday.
Bay suffered a concussion after hitting his head on the gate in left field, denying Jamey Carroll of an extra-base hit in last Friday's 6-1 victory over the L.A Dodgers, but the seriousness of his injury was not known until after the end of the 10-game road trip two days later.
Bay remained in Friday's contest, clearing the bases with an eighth-inning double that effectively sealed the victory, and he even played in the final two games of the series.
On Tuesday, the Mets said they may be able to determine whether to place Bay on the 15-day DL Thursday morning, but Manuel said the club wants to take a little more time to see how he feels before the start of the series against Arizona.
Speaking to me before Thursday's rubber game at home to the Cardinals, the Mets manager said he hoped to know more in 24 hours. Angel Pagan has started the three games in left field in place of Bay, with streaky Jeff Francoeur seeing his first regular time in right field since Carlos Beltran returned from the DL after the All-Star break.
"He's not quite Jason Bay," Manuel said. "We're hoping to look at him again tomorrow when he wakes up, but a trip to the DL is still definitely a possibility."
31-year-old Bay is batting .259 with six home runs and 47 RBI through 95 games in 2010.
While Manuel directed all questions about the possibility of bringing in another arm to sure up the front of the rotation in the next few days in the direction of Omar Minaya, he was quick to dispel any myths that the atmosphere in the Mets' clubhouse was anything less than perfect, following yesterday's 13-inning loss—the third extra-inning defeat in the last eight days.
He added, "Things are good and we're doing alright. We've been through this sort of thing before."
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