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HINGTON -- Jason Bay is healthy now, in his words "completely healed" from the fractured left rib that he suffered six weeks ago. It was enough for the Mets to activate him from the disabled list, but not enough for them to insert him into their starting lineup; battling the effects of a long travel day and the last strains of a head cold, Bay did not start Wednesday against the Nationals.
"It was a longer day today, and I was prepared to play," said Bay, who flew Wednesday morning from Florida. "But at the same time, I think at this point one more day's not going to kill me."
The Mets officially activated both Bay and right-handed reliever Pedro Beato from the DL prior to Wednesday's game, continuing their recent flurry of roster moves. Manager Terry Collins said that Bay will play Thursday in Washington, after which the Mets will begin a stretch of six consecutive games in American League parks. The DH rule in those parks should allow the Mets to use outfielders Bay, Nieuwenhuis, Andres Torres and Lucas Duda every day, delaying an impending discussion of playing time.
Bay, 33, had been on the DL since April 24 with a fractured left rib. He was batting .240 with three home runs in 15 games prior to his injury, and would have returned sooner had a head cold not derailed him during his rehab assignment.
In his final nine games before injuring himself in a diving attempt to catch a fly ball, Bay was batting .290 with a .613 slugging percentage and all three of his homers -- numbers that lead the Mets to hope he can pick up close to where he left off.
"You're never going to be 100-percent caught up to Major League standards until you get out there and you do it," Bay said. "But that's basically everybody in that position. You've got to get out there. I'm definitely as ready as I can be. Now it's just a matter of going out there and catching up to the rest of it."
To make room for Bay and Beato on their active roster, the Mets placed Chris Young on the paternity list and designated first baseman Josh Satin for assignment. Young and his wife Liz welcomed their third child, a son, Grant Christopher, into the world Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. ET, about 12 hours after the right-hander made his successful return from right shoulder surgery. Young can remain on the paternity list for up to three days.
Satin appeared in one game during a brief stint with the Mets, striking out in his only plate appearance. Though the infielder had Minor League options remaining, the Mets exposed him to waivers in order to clear 40-man roster space for Beato, who was on the 60-day DL.
Beato, 25, has been sidelined all season with right shoulder inflammation. Following a lengthy period of rest, Beato responded by going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in nine Minor League rehabilitation games split between Class A St. Lucie and Triple-A Buffalo, recently increasing his velocity as high as 95 mph. He posted a 4.30 ERA in 60 appearances as a Rule 5 Draft pick last season.
"It feels [like] forever," Beato said of his absence. "It took me a little bit to get back, but I finally got back. I came along well and I'm healthy, and I've got everything going."