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Bay says concussion was 'scary'

Jason Bay looks on from the dugout during

Jason Bay looks on from the dugout during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Sept. 15, 2010) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Jason Bay said he is looking forward to spring training now that he is free of concussion that sidelined him after hitting the outfield wall in Los Angles last July.

“It was a scary thing that I hope never to repeat,’’ Bay wrote in an e-mail interview with the Trail Daily Times in his native British Columbia. ``It was frustrating to have simple things like watching TV bother me. When it’s something you’ve never dealt with before, the unknowns are frustrating too.”

Bay said he has been working out since last fall. “Once I was cleared in September, I decided to start working out and getting physically ready for this season. I am anxious to get things started.”

Bay has no post-concussion symptoms. “Now I am working out as I normally do this time of year. I have increased my workouts to include hitting and throwing and feel great. I will be good to go when spring training starts.”

Bay also commented on the struggles he had at the plate in his first year with the Mets. He hit .259 with six home runs and 32 runs batted in.

“I’ve struggled before and it’s always humbling,’’ he said. ``It just makes you realize that baseball is a hard game and no matter how well you’ve done in the past, you need to keep moving forward. I understand that there are many opinions out there about me and everyone else and there’s no chance all those opinion are favorable. But I’m comfortable in the person and the player that I am.”

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