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Jason Bay bats eighth

Jason Bay bats in the sixth inning during

Jason Bay bats in the sixth inning during a game against the Yankees. (June 8, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Jason Bay, after pulling himself from Thursday’s lineup, finally returned Friday. It was his first game since he went on the disabled list April 24. Bay has been suffering from flu-like symptoms and still didn’t look that great, even after changing his medication.

Collins decided to slowly break in Bay, batting him eighth Friday for the first time in his career. The manager called Bay into the office that afternoon to run it by him.

“I told him you don’t have to tell me where you’re hitting me,” Bay said. “Just throw me out there.”

...The Mets agreed to terms with first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, who will report to Kingsport, the team’s rookie affiliate ... Jon Rauch said he was OK to pitch after throwing a bullpen session Friday morning and indicated his curious right elbow condition — one caused by “bones making contact with each other” — will not need surgery. Asked about a procedure to fix the problem, he replied, “If I had to have surgery, I would have had it.” ... The Mets activated Chris Young from the paternity list and optioned Pedro Beato to Triple-A Buffalo. They also outrighted Josh Satin and Jack Egbert to Buffalo.

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