Jason Bay and Justin Turner are out of Saturday's starting lineup because lingering injuries flared up. Bay, who has been playing through neck stiffness since he awoke with the issue Tuesday, believes a diving catch Friday night may have prompted him to awake Saturday with the discomfort too much to play through. Turner, meanwhile, was jammed on Friday night by ex-Met Darren Oliver, causing a recurrence of the right thumb discomfort that has stuck with him for weeks.
"I've been fighting it since about Tuesday," said Bay, who felt a jolt in his neck when he checked the scoreboard after his third single Friday. "Hitting looking left was fine. Looking right was a little dicey, and then kind of looking up. It hadn't been bad. I don't know if the dive last night jarred something, but it kind of got stiffer as the game went on. By about the eighth inning it was pretty stiff. We treated it last night. I woke up this morning and it was not real great going left or up and down."
Said Turner: "It's nothing extreme or out of the ordinary. It just stung me a little bit. I'm available to play. It's nothing serious. The best solution for it is just rest. But the last three or four days it's felt significantly better than it has the last two weeks."
Terry Collins hoped to have both players in the lineup Sunday, when the Mets oppose left-handed Derek Holland.
"I just need enough [mobility] where I can look up for a fly ball," Bay said.