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By MIKE FITZPATRICK   AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Mets left fielder Jason Bay was injured again
Friday night when he crashed into the wall while trying to catch an
inside-the-park homer by Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds.
The team said Bay left the game with a possible concussion, the
latest setback for a player who has been an injury-plagued bust in
New York since signing a $66 million, four-year contract before the
2010 season.

Bay missed the final two months of his first season with the
Mets because of a concussion he sustained while slamming into the
left-field fence to make a catch at Dodger Stadium.
Bruce led off the second inning with an opposite-field drive
into the left-field corner. Bay raced back, tumbled to the warning
track as the ball barely eluded him and then hit his head against
the lower part of the fence.

Bay, recently activated from the disabled list, struggled to get
to his feet and find the ball. He finally fired it toward the
infield, but Bruce slid across the plate to easily beat the relay.

It was Cincinnati’s first inside-the-park homer since Drew
Stubbs hit one against Toronto on June 17, 2011. The previous
inside-the-park shot against the Mets was hit by Blake DeWitt of
the Dodgers in Los Angeles on May 6, 2008.

Mets manager Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez came out to
check on Bay, who limped slightly as he walked off the field with
Ramirez. Third baseman David Wright patted Bay on the head.
Scott Hairston took over in left field. Moments later, he
bobbled Ryan Ludwick’s double down the left-field line for an error
that allowed a run to score.

Bay is batting .187 with four home runs and six RBIs. He was on
the disabled list from April 24 until June 6 with a broken rib and
is 2 for 25 with a home run since being activated.
Hairston hit a two-run homer in the seventh.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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