MLB notes: Jason Bay earns spot on Mariners

New York Mets batter Jason Bay (L) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run...

New York Mets batter Jason Bay (L) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning of their MLB baseball game in Washington July 18, 2012. (REUTERS/Gary Cameron)

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Jason Bay will stay a major-leaguer after all.

The Trail, B.C., native beat out Casper Wells for the Seattle Mariners’ final outfield spot on the roster.

Bay, 34, signed a one-year, $1-million contract with Seattle in December. He was released by the New York Mets in November after three injury-riddled seasons and one year left on a four-year, $66-million deal.

“No matter what I was going to do in New York, it wasn’t going to be enough to make up for all the things I didn’t do,” Bay told MLB.com “And I understood that. That’s why we came to the realization that a clean break was probably best for everybody and I came here knowing and being comfortable I wasn’t competing for a starting job.

“I knew that and embraced it,” he said. “I consider myself a realist. I look around and see what's going on and know where I stand and what my job is going to be. And I’m excited about it.”

Last season, Bay hit .169 with 8 home runs and 20 RBIs in 70 games.

MORRISON ON 60-DAY DL

Logan Morrison’s return to the diamond will have to wait another two months.

The first baseman has yet to recover from knee surgery he had in September and the Miami Marlins placed him on the 60-day disabled list.

Morrison was originally hoping to return for spring training before shifting that hope to opening day. Now, he won’t be eligible to come back until May 31.

Casey Kotchman will start in Morrison’s place at first base.

HOPE FOR SANDOVAL

There’s still hope for Pablo Sandoval that he will make the opening day roster.

“Yeah, for sure,” the San Francisco Giants third baseman told the San Jose Mercury news. “I’m feeling better. If I’m allowed to, I’m going to be there.”

Sandoval was pulled from Friday’s exhibition game with elbow discomfort. He’s had a bone spur behind his elbow for the past few years that may be contributing to an irritated ulnar nerve.

“It’s going to go down to the wire,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of deciding whether or not to start Sandoval. “It won’t be an easy call, but we’re pretty optimistic that he’s going to make it.”

Joaquin Arias would be the team’s third baseman if Sandoval can’t play.

BARNEY OUT FOR OPENER

Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney will miss opening day after suffering a gash to his left knee that required five stitches to repair.

Barney was injured during Saturday’s exhibition game against the Houston Astros when he crashed into the wall at Minute Maid Park along the right field line.

The 2012 Gold Glove Award winner may start the season on the disabled list. Brent Lillibridge is Chicago’s backup at second.

TURLEY PASSES

Former Cy Young Award winner Bob Turley died of liver cancer Sunday. He was 82.

Turley won the Cy Young in 1958 with a 21-7 record and 2.97 earned-run average.

In 12 big-league seasons with the St. Louis Browns, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox as a pitcher, Turley went 101-85 with a 3.64 ERA.


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