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Bay questionable for finale with tight hamstring

Jason Bay of the New York Mets reacts

Jason Bay of the New York Mets reacts after grounding out with a man on second against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (July 17, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Jason Bay’s status for Thursday's series finale against St. Louis is up in the air, after the leftfielder was taken out of Wednesday's game with a tight right hamstring.

Bay, who was replaced by Willie Harris at the start of the fourth inning, said he has been dealing with discomfort in both his hamstring and hip since Saturday’s game against the Phillies.

During the game, Bay said he landed awkwardly and “jammed my leg a little bit” after tripping over the foot of first baseman Ryan Howard. But Bay kept quiet about the injury until Tuesday night. He exacerbated the injury yesterday when he tried to run out a groundout to shortstop in the second inning and tried to make a sliding catch on a foul ball later in the game.

“It hasn’t been bad, it’s just been there and it’s something I’ve kind of been fighting,” he said.

Bay, who’s hitting just .232, said the injury hasn’t affected him at the plate.

“The first couple days it was the hip and then I think there might have been some compensation and that’s what led to the hamstring barking a little bit,” he said. “It’s not terrible, it just something we’re trying to be proactive about.”

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