As expected, the Mets announced this afternoon that Jason Bay was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. Justin Turner was activated from the disabled list to replace him on the active roster.
Bay suffered the concussion last night when he slammed his head and neck into the left field fence while attempting to make a diving catch of a fly ball off the ball of Jay Bruce. Bay laid on the warning track for a moment before getting to his feet and throwing the ball back into the infield, but Bruce was able to circle the bases for an inside-the-park homer.
Bay was quite woozy when he walked off the field escorted by Mets manager Terry Collins and a team trainer. Given his previous concussion issues, most sane fans in attendance at Citi Field were concerned about his well being, but some unfortunate knuckleheads thought it was an appropriate occasion to boo him. Real classy.
Bay missed the final two months of the 2010 season with post-concussion issues after he ran face-first into the left field wall in Los Angeles, so it might be a while before we see him again. His troubled tenure in New York continues to boggle the mind.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Phillies owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas for a meeting with Bryce Harper on Friday. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it’s “more of a meet-and-greet than a sign-a-deal” affair, but as the club is still at the forefront of trade rumors involving the All-Star slugger, there remains a possibility (however slight) that something could be completed in the days to come.
Even now, the Phillies aren’t alone in the race to sign Harper, but recent rumors have helped whittle down the competition from five or more teams (Phillies, Nationals, White Sox, Giants, and Padres) to three strong contenders. The Giants are said to be interested in a lucrative short-term deal with the outfielder, while the Padres remain in the conversation despite inking Manny Machado to a mammoth 10-year, $300 million contract this week. It’s not yet clear just how far either team would go to outbid Philadelphia as talks with Harper intensify.
As for the Nationals and White Sox, the former officially bowed out earlier today, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman adds that the latter won’t make a strong play for Harper as they feel the asking price and competing offers are “getting too high” for the 26-year-old’s services. If a mystery team is still in the mix, there’s been no word on their standing with Harper in the last month or so.