Jason Bay is back from the disabled list, returning to the Mets’ active roster after missing the past month with a concussion.
Bay went 3-for-10 with three walks while rehabbing at Triple-A and, more importantly considering his history, hasn’t experienced any post-concussion symptoms.
Bay got off to a decent start this season, but then missed six weeks with a fractured rib and was in the midst of a 2-for-25 slump upon returning when he suffered the concussion. He figures to play regularly versus left-handed pitching, but it remains to be seen if manager Terry Collins will also continue giving him frequent starts versus right-handers.
Tonight he’s playing left field and batting fifth against left-hander Ross Detwiler and the Nationals.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: