Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets throws out...

Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets throws out Jose Reyes #7 of the Miami Marlins in the third inning at Citi Field. (April 24, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

When the Mets visit Yankee Stadium on Friday, it's quite possible Ruben Tejada will be back at shortstop and Jason Bay will be the designated hitter. Manager Terry Collins said Tejada tested his right quad strain by running the bases Sunday, and Bay had two hits in his second game back with Class A Port St. Lucie.

Tejada went on the disabled list May 7, and after passing his running test, he's headed to Triple-A Buffalo Monday. Asked how many games Tejada needs to play, Collins said, "I'm hoping he's back Friday."

Although Bay was the DH in his first two games with St. Lucie, it's possible he will play the field Monday because he'll reach the six-week mark since suffering a nondisplaced rib fracture on his right side. He will do all his rehab work in Florida rather than play at Binghamton or Buffalo.

The timing for Bay's return hardly could be better. After the Mets play at NL East co-leader Washington from Tuesday through Thursday, their next two series are on the road against the Yankees and Tampa Bay, and the DH will be in effect in the AL park.

Extra bases

Reliever Miguel Batista, who went on the DL on May 20 with a lower back strain, is going to be activated tomorrow . . . Reliever Ramon Ramirez, who hurt his right hamstring running to join the celebration of Johan Santana's no-hitter Friday, will be examined Monday before a decision on his status . . . Reliever Pedro Beato is eligible to come off the 60-day DL Monday, but Collins said: "His [Saturday] velocity was better than it has been. So I think his arm strength is coming back. But he needs a few more outings."


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