Mets place Jason Bay on 15-day DL with fractured rib

The Mets have placed Jason Bay on the 15-Day DL with a nondisplaced fracture of a rib on the left side.

To take Bay’s place on the roster, the Mets have promoted Triple-A infielder Zach Lutz, who is hitting .333 with three HR and 10 RBI in 19 games for the Bisons.

Last night, Terry Collins told reporters that Bay injured his ribs during the second game of the team’s doubleheader against the Giants while diving for a ball in the fourth inning.

Collins said last night X-Rays were negative, though Bay underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan this morning which revealed the injury.

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To read Brian Erni’s take on what this means for the outfield,

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Brian Erni: This puts the outfield situation in some flux, and it will be interesting to see how Terry Collins approaches it until Andres Torres returns from injury. Jordany Valdespin is up, and it stands to reason the Mets could work him into the outfield mix, but I’m not sure Terry wants too many guys playing out of position. As a result, Scott Hairston could be the every day choice in left field. That being said, with how much the Mets have struggled offensively of late, I feel like who’s hot with the bat could ultimately act as the determining factor.

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For Michael Baron’s thoughts on Bay’s injury as well as what it might mean for Nieuwenhuis and Valdespin, click here.

For Vinny Cartiglia’s thoughts on what the recent events mean for Kirk Nieuwenhuis, click here.