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Bay feels ready to return to Mets

While the focus of Monday night's Buffalo Bisons game with the Toledo Mud Hens was the start of Matt Harvey, Jason Bay got a fair amount of attention, too. He made his third appearance with the Herd on a major league rehabilitation assignment after suffering a concussion with the New York Mets on June 15.

Starting in left field and batting second, Bay went 0 for 2 with two walks. 

"Other than the ball I completey lost in the twilight, I though it was good," Bay said of his game Monday night. "Good at bats and we'll sit down right now and map out a plan and make a decision. Physically as far as injury-wise I feel good. It's still coming back to me, swing wise and coming back into game shape. I feel every game has been a little bit better."

There was no official word in Buffalo if Bay was going to join the Mets today as they opened their series in Washington, but it's highly likely.

"If you ask any guy they're going to say 'Oh, I want to go up.' Obviously I want to get up there," Bay said. "We just want to make sure it's the best thing. ... We kinda vowed that this time back around we're going to take our time and not just say, hey good enough, c'mon up. You definitely need your feet underneath you. Like I said, I'm not making the decision so we'll find out but hopefully I'll be in Washington tomorrow."

Bay had one blooper playing left field for the Herd. In the eighth inning with the score tied, 2-2, he lost sight of a fly ball which skyed over his head and dropped for a leadoff hit. Toledo didn't score in the eighth, but did go on to score twice in the ninth for a 4-2 win over the Herd.

What happened on that play?

"Twilight," Bay said. "There's about a 10-minute window everywhere at dusk, that twilight time that if the ball goes up there, you've got to stick with it. That one went up and I had no idea where it went. What made me feel better is that guy didn't score."

--- Amy Moritz

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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