Mets activate Jason Bay

Updated: July 17, 2012, 11:51 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

WASHINGTON -- The New York Mets activated Jason Bay from the disabled list Tuesday, a month after the left fielder suffered a concussion slamming into the outfield wall on an attempted catch on June 15.

Bay was in the lineup and batting fifth for the Mets' game against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. He went 0-for-3 in a 5-4 loss.

New York manager Terry Collins says having Bay makes the Mets' lineup "pretty dangerous. We've just got to get him going."

To make room for Bay on the roster, the Mets designated infielder Omar Quintanilla for assignment.

Bay appeared in five rehab games between Class A St. Lucie and Triple-A Buffalo. He went 3 for 16 with six walks.

The Mets were determined to have Bay play enough minor league games to be sharp upon his activation after he returned from a fractured rib after a brief rehab stint in early June and stumbled to an 0 for 17 start before getting his first hit.

Bay could see diminished playing time because he returns to a crowded outfield that includes Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Scott Hairston, Andres Torres and Jordany Valdespin. The Mets, however, are in need of a strong right-handed bat against left-handers, and Bay could fill that role. Collins has indicated his most common outfield alignment against left-handed starters may be Bay in left field, with Torres in center and Hairston in right.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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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