UPDATE: And wouldn’t you know it, now Mets manager Terry Collins tells Rubin that he will discuss bringing Bay back tomorrow as opposed to Thursday.
10:31 PM: Things are looking pretty bleak for the Mets at the moment, but at least they have some help on the way.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Jason Bay went 4-for-4 with two homers, four RBI and a walk earlier this evening in his third minor league rehab game with High-A St. Lucie.
Bay has been sidelined since the end of spring training due to a strained left intercostal muscle near his rib cage. He’s scheduled to play one more rehab game tomorrow before being activated from the disabled list for Thursday’s series finale against the Astros. Though, really, doesn’t it sound like he’s good to go right now?
The Mets have tried to patch things together with Willie Harris, Scott Hairston and Lucas Duda in left field, so Bay could provide a huge boost offensively if he’s right. The 32-year-old outfielder batted .259 with six homers and a .749 OPS over 401 plate appearances before a concussion ended his first season in Queens.
Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon achieved a rare feat during Monday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition against the Orioles: he homered twice in one inning. One of those homers happened to be a grand slam.
Leon led off the top of the fifth inning with a solo home run off of Logan Verrett. Verrett continued to get knocked around, giving up three singles and a walk before being relieved by Brian Moran. Moran gave up a walk to load the bases, then a single to knock in a run and keep the bases loaded. Leon stepped back to the plate and swatted a grand slam to left field, making it an eight-run fifth for the Red Sox. The Sox would tack on one more before the inning was mercifully ended.
How often do players homer twice in one inning during the regular season? Not that often. Since 2010, the feat has been accomplished four times in the American League and twice in the National League. The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo was the only one to do it last year.
As for Leon, he’s on track to open the season as the starting catcher in Boston, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reported last week.
The Phillies announced on Monday that the club released veteran catchers Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday. Both were competing for the back-up catcher spot on the team’s 25-man roster. With both out of the picture, that means Andrew Knapp has won that honor.
Knapp, 25, hit a combined .266/.330/.390 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 443 plate appearances last year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He did not have a great spring but has hit well as of late, which likely pushed him ahead of Hanigan and Holaday. Knapp will serve as the understudy to starting catcher Cameron Rupp.