PITTSBURGH - New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel indicated on Friday he does not expect Jason Bay to return to the team this season due to the concussion he suffered in late July.
Bay has not resumed baseball activities since being placed on the 15-day disabled list with concussion-like symptoms on July 26.
The outfielder suffered the injury in a July 23 game against the Dodgers when he crashed into the left-field wall while making a spectacular catch. He played throughout that weekend series, but was out of the lineup when the team returned to New York on July 27.
If he does not return this year, Bay will finish with a .259 batting average with just six home runs and 47 RBI in 95 games after signing a hefty four- year, $66 million free agent contract with the club in the offseason.