Terry Collins didn’t know Jose Reyes was going to be out of the lineup when he gave Jason Bay the day off. However, Collins and Bay had decided on a day off during the Pirates series, and it’s going to stay that way, even minus the shortstop, who was placed on the bereavement list before Monday's game.
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“We wanted to give his leg some rest,” Collins said of Bay, who has played every game since returning from paternity leave at the beginning of the month.
One of Collins' primary motivations for picking Monday to sit Bay: Lefties are hitting Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton at a .341 clip this season. Righties are batting .170 against him.
Justin Turner, Ruben Tejada and Dillon Gee are the only righty batters in the Mets' lineup Monday.
Bay actually said the calf issue that prompted him to be pulled from a game a week ago was a non-issue. The left fielder had figured he would be re-inserted in the lineup once Reyes was scratched.
"I kind of thought that might be the situation," Bay said about re-entering the lineup minus Reyes, "but [Collins] just said, 'No.' Take the day off. That was it."