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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Bay injury ramifications

By Adam Rubin

Terry Collins sounded like Jason Bay will open the season on the disabled list. In fact, Collins already was floating alternative lineups during a postgame address with media on Wednesday.

The manager indicated Angel Pagan, initially the No. 2 hitter, may be dropped into possibly the No. 6 position to "protect some guys."

Said Collins: "He brings some thump to the plate. I'm thinking about perhaps with Jason being gone maybe putting him in a spot where he can help drive some runs in."

Josh Thole "would be a good guy" to slide into the No. 2 hole, Collins added.

"With Jason being out, I'm looking at a little different lineup on Friday, which I'm going to talk to some of the guys about tomorrow," Collins said. "Hopefully Jason is back real soon. But I want to try to balance out the lineup a little bit. ... I don't want to mess with David [Wright in the No. 3 hole] and I don't want to mess with Carlos [Beltran in the cleanup spot on days he plays]."

Lucas Duda would make the roster in Bay's absence.

Hypothetically, the Opening Day lineup could look like this:

Jose Reyes (S)
Josh Thole (L)
David Wright
Carlos Beltran (S)
Ike Davis (L)
Angel Pagan (S)
Lucas Duda (L)
Brad Emaus
Mike Pelfrey