The Mets placed Ronny Paulino on the15-day DL list before Sunday’s series finale against Washington.
The move couldn’t be backdated due to Paulino’s suspension, so the Mets expect him to play in some minor-league games before returning April 26.
“It’s important for him to ramp it up these next 15 days so he can help us,” GM Sandy Alderson said. “He’ll initially help us in a backup role.”
Alderson also said that Paulino’s “blood count is up to an acceptable level, far higher than it was at the time of his physical” after arriving in spring training.
Terry Collins spoke to reporters today, and according to Adam Rubin left fielder Jason Bay hit in the cage, soft tossed and hit off the tee on Saturday and will take live batting practice off one of the coaches on Sunday.
Bay was eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday, but it appears he’ll need more time to return.Any hope the Mets had that outfielder Jason Bay would return to play Saturday, the day he is eligible to come off the disabled list, has been dashed. Bay, who has a strained rib-cage muscle, still has not been able to swing a bat, so his return will probably be delayed a few days, if not longer.
Earlier in the week, General Manager Sandy Alderson said that Bay played catch Tuesday at the Mets’ facilities in Port St. Lucie, but that “some residual soreness was keeping him from hitting”, so the Saturday target date appeared unrealistic.
Bay strained an intercostal muscle on the left side of his rib cage while taking batting practice before a spring training game on March 29 and has not been able to swing since.
Meanwhile, it appears that reliever Jason Isringhausen is ready, if and when the Mets need him, after throwing some pitches today.
“He told me threw the ball very good,” Collins said. “His cutter was very good today. He threw strikes, felt good. [Rehab coordinator] Randy Niemann said he’s ready when you need him.”
Isringhausen is still in expended spring training in Florida, but it’s important to note that he has an agreement with the Mets that if another team wants to sign him and place in the majors, the Mets would have the opportunity to promote him themselves. Otherwise he walks.
Finally, Ronny Paulino’s most recent blood work come back clean and he’s been cleared to resume workouts. However, he will be placed on the disabled list at some point today when his PED suspension ends.