Jason At Bay For Two More Weeks
According to Sandy Alderson, Jason Bay is unlikely to return to the Mets before April 26th.
This news completely conflicts with manager Terry Collins’ suggestion earlier this week that Bay would return this weekend “in a perfect world”.
Well, in a “perfect world”, the Mets wouldn’t be languishing in last place, either.
I’m not sure what prompted Collins to make that comment — even if it was empty and ambiguous — but it sure smells similar to the disconnect between the front office and field manager of the previous regime.
Am I picking a fight here? Maybe. But there isn’t much else to talk about right now without bringing up the fact that the Mets
stink have been disappointing of late. So perhaps I’m trying to divert the attention away from the on-field ineptitude.
In related news, Ronny Paulino is expected to return around the same date — which is in line with his status on the 15-day disabled list as of April 10th. Per Alderson:
“I think there’s probably less uncertainty surrounding Paulino,” Alderson said, noting that Paulino still must undergo one final round of blood testing. “In terms of his physical condition right now, that looks like a pretty firm date.”
So, Paulino’s return by the 26th is pretty much a certainty. Meanwhile, Bay’s status is a definite maybe.
I’m just hoping it’s not more serious than it was initially made to be…..which it already is, IMHO.
I like Jason Bay. Injuries happen in all sports, for sure…..but they certainly are annoying when they routinely happen to the most relied-upon players on your roster, year-after-year. (LOL, uncanny.)
Nobody to “blame” here, really – just general commentary on the situation as a whole.
What I’m most concerned about is Bay potentially becoming an “injury-prone” player throughout the duration of his Met contract. The biggest concern – pre-contract – was with the condition of his knees….and we haven’t even dealt with anything knee-related yet.
What we do know? Bay’s making it VERY hard on himself to live up to the expectations the fans are going to be putting upon him — realistic or not.
Rough, rough spot to be in…….especially in NY for a team that might not be going anywhere for a few years.