Bay likely to return Thursday

Jason Bay

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New York Mets


Terry Collins hopes Jason Bay will be back for Thursday’s Mets-Giants finale at Citi Field.

Bay has been away from the team for the past two days to be with his wife, Kristen, during the birth of Garrett David Bay, their third child.

Lucas Duda was temporarily promoted from Triple-A Buffalo to take the place of Bay.

Bay, 32, began the season on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his rib cage. He was activated on April 21, and is hitting .250 with one homer and three RBIs in 40 at-bats.

Collins tried to contact Bay on Wednesday but was unsuccessful.

“The baby was born last night and I’m sure he’s busy today so I’m hoping that he’ll back tomorrow,” Collins said before the Mets’ 2-0 loss to San Francisco.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters on Tuesday that he expected Bay to be back Thursday.

A Mets spokesman said the team will announce a corresponding move upon Bay’s return. They also will have to make a move when Angel Pagan returns to the roster. Lucas Duda, Jason Pridie and Willie Harris are candidates for demotion.