Mike Baxter could take Jason Bay’s job in LF

Prior to yesterday’s game against the Diamondbacks, Terry Collins told reporters Mike Baxter could take Jason Bay’s starting job in left field when he returns from the disabled list.

“It could eventually pan out that way,” Terry Collins explained. “I want to see where [Baxter] is when he gets back here.”

Bay is hitting just .170 with five home runs and eight RBI in 106 at-bats this season. He’s just 4-for-31 with a home run, two RBI, four walks, and ten strikeouts since returning from the disabled list on July 17.

Meanwhile, Baxter is hitting .333 (21-for-65) with eight RBI during his minor league rehab assignment. He is expected to rejoin the Mets at the beginning of the week.