Miami Gardens, Fla. — The Mets placed Jason Bay on the 15-day disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle in his left rib cage.
Jason Bay will not be running bases for 15 more days.Bay was placed on the disabled list retroactive to March 25, so he will be eligible to come off on April 9, the second home game at Citi Field.
Speaking to reporters in Port St. Lucie, where he will remain to rehabilitate the injury, Bay said he felt a stabbing pain in his side during batting practice on Tuesday and tests in New York on Wednesday confirmed he has a strained muscle.
Because of a concussion he suffered last July 23, Bay hasn’t played in a regular season game since July 25. He said it was agonizing to delay his return another 15 days.
“It was devastating at first,” he told reporters in Port St. Lucie. “You put in all that time in the offseason. You come off a concussion. And then all of the sudden you come into spring, the last week or so of spring, and you kind of felt like I was starting to catch a stride… and all of the sudden, just have a derailment. It was a tough day yesterday. But what’s done is done. You move on. The silver lining I guess is, knock on wood, it’s not that bad and there will still be a full season ahead of me.”