Jason Bay has four hits, homers twice in rehab game

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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.

Report: Mets expect Terry Collins to retire at the end of the season

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The Mets expect manager Terry Collins to retire at the end of the season, sources tell Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. Collins and the Mets haven’t discussed an extension on his current contract, which expires at season’s end.

Collins, 67, has managed the Mets for the last seven seasons. Overall, he led them to a 546-578 record during the regular season and the team twice made the playoffs. The Mets lost the 2015 World Series to the Royals in five games, and lost the 2016 NL Wild Card Game to the Giants.

Injuries are much more to blame for the Mets’ struggles in 2017. After another loss on Wednesday, the Mets fell to 65-87. They will open the final homestand of the season on Friday with three games against the Nationals and four against the Braves. They could be Collins’ last in New York as manager of the Mets.

Reds to extend protective netting at Great American Ball Park

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The Reds announced on Thursday that the protective netting at Great American Ball Park will be extended to the end of each dugout in time for Opening Day next season. The press release notes that the current netting meets Major League Baseball’s guidelines and the new netting will go beyond those standards.

The netting “debate” came back on Wednesday when a young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have done about the bare minimum in installing protective netting, which rightly earned them criticism. Brian Dozier, Todd Frazier, and Didi Gregorius each said yesterday that the netting should be extended. Other teams and Major League Baseball in general received criticism. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, for example, said the relative lack of action on MLB’s part is “morally repugnant.”

Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that the Reds had already had this idea prior to Wednesday’s incident at Yankee Stadium.