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Sunday, July 8, 2012
Bay, Frank eye Wednesday minors game

By Adam Rubin

Terry Collins expects Jason Bay will begin a rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie on Wednesday. The manager added that Bay, who has been on the disabled list since suffering a concussion on June 15, also will appear for Triple-A Buffalo before being activated from the disabled list. That places the likely timetable for Bay's return as the series at Washington that opens next Tuesday.

Closer Frank Francisco has a similar timetable for a return from a left oblique strain. Francisco threw off a mound Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for the first time since suffering the injury. He again is due to throw off a mound tomorrow, and could be in the same rehab game as Bay on Wednesday, according to Collins.

As for Andres Torres, who remains active despite missing the entire Cubs series with back discomfort, the center fielder is hoping to be available Friday in Atlanta for the second-half opener. Torres said he will remain in New York during the break and get treatment.