Bay scratched with flu, hopes to play Friday

Bay scratched with flu, hopes to play Friday

Bay scratched with flu, hopes to play Friday
WASHINGTON -- Outfielder Jason Bay's return to the lineup has been delayed another day. Bay was a late scratch from Thursday's lineup card with flu-like symptoms, one day after the Mets activated their starting left fielder from the disabled list, but did not play him.

Bay was originally scheduled to bat sixth and play left field for the Mets against Nationals starter Chien-Ming Wang, but the team scratched him about a half-hour before Thursday's 1:05 p.m. ET scheduled first pitch after he became violently ill in the clubhouse. Bay believes his nausea was due to an adverse reaction to the antibiotics he was taking for a sinus infection.

"All of the sudden it just kind of came up," Bay said after the Mets' 3-1 win over the Nationals. "Hopefully, I'll play [Friday]."

Scott Hairston, who typically starts only against left-handed pitchers, replaced Bay in left.

The Mets activated Bay on Wednesday following a six-week absence with a fractured left rib. But they did not start him, citing his lingering illness and the rigors of his long travel day.

Bay was batting .240 with three home runs prior to his injury.