Jason Bay has finally been cleared to begin physical activity, however he’s not sure if he will be able to play again this season, reports Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.
“I expect to. But, at the same time … I haven’t done anything in a
month and there’s a certain rigor of programs you need to go through,”
Bay said. “I’m also fighting not just getting back into shape, but also
making sure my head doesn’t hurt, either. You’re going against two
“I fully expect to and I want to [return]. I also
understand we have time constraints as well. If the consolation to all
of it is going into the offseason knowing I didn’t have any
restrictions, that’s definitely something that I need to do.”
Bay said his persistent headaches began to subside about a week ago. He suffered a concussion when he ran face-first into the left field wall in Los Angeles on July 23. Since then, he has had time to speak with several athletes who have gone through concussions, including his friend and fellow countryman Justin Morneau, who continues to experience symptoms.
It would be nice to see Bay return in September, but it won’t change the reality that his first season in Queens has been a disappointment for all involved. Signed to a four-year, $66 million contract over the winter, Bay is batting just .249/.347/.402 with six homers, 47 RBI and a 749 OPS.
The story of the Indians postseason cannot be told without talking about injuries to starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. They have forced Terry Francona to lean even harder on his bullpen than he otherwise may have and have cause the Indians to press rookie Ryan Merritt into service.
But Cleveland will be getting at least one of their starters back: Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway that Danny Salazar will be part of the World Series roster.
Salazar has not pitched since early September due to a strained right flexor muscle, but according to Callaway, Salazar is ready to throw 65-70 pitches in a game. That could mean a start, probably in Game 4 after Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin. Merritt was a possible Game 4 starter, but he could either pair up with Salazar in a tandem start or serve in long relief.
Cubs’ left fielder Kyle Schwarber missed virtually the entire 2016 season due to torn knee ligaments, but he has been working his way back to health more quickly than initially expected. Indeed, he has been playing for the Cubs in the Arizona Fall League, serving as a DH. Many have speculated that the Cubs will activate him for the World Series.
Today, at his World Series media session, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that reports from Arizona are good on Schwarber and that the he will fly to Cleveland to join the team after tonight’s game in Arizona. Maddon says the team will make a decision on activating him once he arrives. The Cubs have until tomorrow morning to set their World Series roster.
Our guess is that Schwarber will get the call and will serve as the DH for the Cubs in Games 1, 2 and, if necessary, 6 and 7 in Cleveland. If so, a lost season could very quickly turn into a storybook season for the Cubs’ young slugger.