UPDATE: Jason Bay scratched due to a concussion; DL stint still unclear

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UPDATE:  Various earlier tweets from New York reporters had Bay destined for the DL. That hasn’t happened yet, actually, and may not.  The word now is that the Mets are going to observe Bay for the next couple of days and see how he does. Bay thinks he won’t be out long, but it’s not really up to him. I mean, he’s the dude that got whacked in the head, right?

5:35 P.M.: Jason Bay was scratched from tonight’s lineup and subsequently placed on the disabled list due to a mild concussion. See Update above.

Bay apparently got the concussion after running face-first into the left field wall while making a catch
against the Dodgers last Friday night, but he didn’t begin feeling the
symptoms until the flight back to New York on Sunday evening. He played on Saturday and Sunday, going 2 for 9.

Thank goodness that mega Jeff Francoeur trade didn’t go down!  The Mets need him now!

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.