Jason Bay expected back Tuesday

June, 4, 2012
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Terry Collins said he is planning for Jason Bay to return from the disabled list for Tuesday's series opener in Washington, which will add to the outfield depth but also create challenges in terms of dividing up playing time.

The manager noted he will get a reprieve in filling out the lineup card when the Mets play six straight games in American League ballparks beginning Friday.

As for the outfield rotation against National League opponents, Collins will have to pretty much juggle Andres Torres, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Bay among left and center field. Collins suggested Scott Hairston could get starts in right field against southpaws at the expense of Lucas Duda. (Duda, with recent success, including homers against southpaws Cliff Lee and Raul Valdes in the same game, actually has upped his average against left-handed pitching to .283 this season, versus .246 against right-handers.)

Overall, the Mets will need to clear three roster spots Tuesday -- for the activations of Miguel Batista and Bay from the DL as well as the addition of Chris Young. Young also will require the freeing of a 40-man roster spot.

After two days at DH, Bay is due to play in the outfield for Class A St. Lucie on Monday at 6:30 p.m. against the Tampa Yankees. Bay landed on the disabled list May 24 with a fractured rib on his left side.

Also Monday:

Jon Niese was in the clubhouse Monday morning, but Collins said the southpaw would have a medical exam today after experiencing a rapid heartbeat during Sunday's game.

Ramon Ramirez passed a hamstring test while being monitored by trainer Ray Ramirez, Sandy Alderson and Collins. He was due to be examined by a doctor at noon, but Collins suggested he now may avoid the DL.

• Collins was noncommittal on R.A. Dickey pitching Wednesday on short rest and Johan Santana going Thursday because both had yet to test their bodies throwing bullpen sessions Monday.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
11 3.85 125 161
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .299
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 69
RD. Murphy 70
OPSL. Duda .841
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.48
SOZ. Wheeler 148