Jeff Francoeur believes Jason Bay will return to the Mets at some point this season.
Bay has been sidelined since July 26 with a concussion. He visited with teammates in the clubhouse before Friday’s game. He did not speak to reporters, but teammate Jeff Francoeur told scribes that Bay was “feeling good.”
On Saturday, the Mets right-fielder said he thinks Bay will be back in Flushing this year.
“Yeah, I think so,” said Francoeur, who visited with Bay on Friday. “I don’t see why not. He’s got to see how it feels. Jason’s the type of guy, he’s not just going to try to sit out the rest of the year. When he’s ready, I promise you, he’ll be back.”
Bay has not done any baseball activity since being placed on the disabled list on July 30. He is hitting .259 with six homers and 47 RBI in the first year of a four-year, $66 million contract.
TEJADA STRUGGLING: Ruben Tejada is hitless in 16 at-bats since being called up from Triple-A Buffalo on Aug. 7. He’s 0 for his last 22 and is hitting just .183 in 40 games with the Mets.
Jerry Manuel was asked before Saturday night’s game against the Phillies if he was concerned that Tejada’s struggles will affect the 20-year-old’s future development.
"He’s in a situation where he is a young player (and) he’s facing some tough pitching at the major league level,” Manuel said. “You don’t want a guy to get too down.”
The Mets have opted to start Tejada at second over veteran Luis Castillo. Castillo told the New York Post on Friday that he wants to be moved next season. Castillo has one year left (at $6 million) on a four-year, $25 million deal.
Manuel said he would continue to try to find playing time for Castillo, who is hitting .241 with no home runs and 15 RBI.
“If Ruben continues to struggle offensively then we as a staff have to make a decision to pinch-hit him earlier rather than later,” Manuel said. “So that means (Castillo) is going to have still be able to play that type of roll. And also (Tejada) will need a day off here and there.”