Mets outfielder Jason Bay was scheduled to meet with the team doctor Monday to see if he can be cleared for baseball activities. The left fielder has been on the disabled list since April 24 with a fractured rib and said it feels much better.
"I kind of feel like it's time we can start doing some stuff right now," Bay said. "I may not be able to get out on the field and crank out BP right now, but I feel definitely like there's the progression I can start doing and hopefully be ready pretty quick."
Bay has been riding the bike for the past three weeks and he said the doctor told him the timeline for his injury would be three to six weeks. He's not sure what his next step would be in terms of physical activity, but he would head to Single-A St. Lucie.
The left fielder recently had the flu, and surprisingly said he felt it helped him.
"Next day came in rode the bike and I called the trainer and said, 'oddly I feel way better than I thought I would. I feel sore but I didn't do any damage,'" Bay said. "I felt like I did something productive oddly enough."
Manager Terry Collins guessed that it would be about seven to 10 days after Bay starts baseball activity that he could return. The manager would want to see Bay play in some rehab assignment games and do some running before he returns to Flushing.
THOLE AND JOHNSON: Collins said that catcher Josh Thole is still resting comfortably as he recovers from a concussion he suffered in a collision last Monday against Philadelphia. Fellow catcher Rob Johnson's thumb is still hurting, but he likely could play if needed Monday. A foul ball caught his left thumb during Sunday's loss to Miami.
"I told Rob, and I know how tough he is, that might be the worst reaction I've seen of a catcher getting hit on a foul tip," Collins said. "But if we need him, most likely he can play."