By Matt Snyder
Mets left fielder Jason Bay has been sidelined for the entirety of the 2011 regular season, but he should be making his debut very soon. In fact, after his display Tuesday, he could be headed straight to New York. (ESPN New York )
Bay went 4-4 with two home runs and four RBI for Class A St. Lucie Tuesday night. The plan was originally to have Bay play another rehab game Wednesday and then join the Mets Thursday, but two factors mitigate the situation. First of all, the Mets' offense is in dire need of a shot in the arm. Secondly, reliever Bobby Parnell may be forced on the disabled list, so a corresponding move would be needed anyway. Considering Bay seemed to have his timing down Tuesday, why wait an extra day?
Bay had a disappointing 2010 season, after signing a large free agent contract with the Mets prior to the campaign. He missed a significant portion of the season after suffering a concussion, but before that wasn't swinging the bat as he's capable. He hit .259 with 6 home runs, 47 RBI and a .749 OPS in 95 games. This was coming off a season where he hit 36 home runs and drove home 119 with a .921 OPS for the Red Sox.
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