Baseball: New York Mets left fielder Jason Bay was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup against Washington because of discomfort in his rib cage, and the team acknowledged there was a chance he would start the season on the disabled list.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Bay appeared to have a strained muscle. He did not play Saturday because of a stiff back and was set to return to the field Monday, but the game was rained out. Alderson said the team did not think the rib cage and back ailments were related.
Bay (Gonzaga University/North Idaho College) planned to return to the Mets’ spring training base in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to be checked. The Mets have until 11 a.m. Thursday to make a roster move if he needs to go on the DL.
Bay missed the final two months last season because of a concussion.
MLB addresses concussion issue
Baseball: Major League Baseball and its players’ union have announced a new set of protocols for dealing with concussions, including the creation of a new seven-day disabled list for players with the injury.
The league and the union announced the protocols in a joint statement. They include mandatory baseline testing for all players and umpires and new steps for evaluating players who may have suffered the injury.
The new guidelines will be in effect starting on opening day.
School Challenge for Bloomsday
Bloomsday: Do you think your school has the fastest Bloomsday runners? Bloomsday and The Children’s Choice Dentistry will give you a chance to prove it.
Sign-up is open for the second School Challenge, which has male, female and co-ed divisions in both junior high and high school age groups.
To enter the challenge, team members must first sign up for Bloomsday, either online or through the mail, and return an application form to the Bloomsday office (1610 W. Riverside) by April 12.
Online registration for Bloomsday 2011 is available at www.bloomsdayrun.org.