Jason Bay is heading to New York for tests on a muscle strain in the left rib cage, according to David Lennon on Twitter. All indications point to Bay starting the season on the disabled list.
Bay played only 95 games last season because of a season-ending concussion in July after smashing inot the outfield wall. Before his season ended he was batting .259 with six home runs and 47 RBIs. Bay is in the second year of a four-year, $66-million contract.
The Mets have until 11 a.m. Thursday to make a roster move if Bay needs to go on the disabled list.
Lucas Duda started in place of Bay Tuesday and could be a possible replacement, according to Lennon's story in today's paper. Another possibility is Nick Evans, but he would have to clear waivers first, and the Mets did not expect to know his status until later today.