Jason Bay was forced to leave tonight’s game after suffering a potential concussion. The New York Mets’ left fielder made a diving attempt to catch a fly ball, missed and hit his head on the wall.
At this point, it’s more newsworthy when Bay is actually healthy. He managed to stay on the field for an entire week. On April 23, Bay broke a rib while making a diving catch. He returned to action last Friday, but is surely headed back to the DL after tonight’s injury.
Bay is 33-years-old and has three small children. He has had multiple concussions and struggled with post concussion syndrome in the past. Maybe it’s time for the pride of Trail, British Colombia to think about hanging up the cleats.
Bay signed a four-year, $66-million contract with the Mets in the winter of 2009. He suffered a concussion that year, and was limited to 95 games played in 2010. Last year, he missed time with a rib injury and played 123 games.
Bay was 2-for-26 (.080) since his return from the DL. The Mets will likely use Kirk Nieuwenhuis in left and Andres Torres in center field. Heading into tonight’s game, the Mets were 35-29, 4.5 games back of the Washington Nationals in the NL East.
The good news is the team has played well without Bay this season. The bad news is they may not get much more out of their $66 million investment.
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