PHILADELPHIA -- Joking about what he called a "jammed finger epidemic" filtering through the clubhouse, Jason Bay was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup with an injured right ring finger.
"I'd hate to say it's any more than just a jammed finger," Bay said. "It's just a bad knuckle."
Bay injured the finger in similar fashion as David Wright, who fractured his right pinkie last Monday and missed three games. Not as serious as Wright's, Bay's injury occurred when he dove back to first base on a botched stolen-base attempt in the second inning on Saturday. Wright's had come diving back into first on a pickoff attempt.
After jamming his finger, Bay taped it and forgot about it until he woke up on Sunday with the joint bruised and swollen. An X-ray taken on Saturday evening was negative.
"It's just kind of day to day," he said. "I don't really know what more it is than just jamming a finger."
With Bay sidelined, Lucas Duda stepped back into the lineup, batting sixth. Duda had been scheduled to receive a routine day off, with Scott Hairston playing right field and Kirk Nieuwenhuis in center. Instead, Hairston shifted to left field and batted fifth, with Duda in right and Nieuwenhuis in center.
Bay was batting .185 in eight games with one home run, which he hit on Friday in the series opener.
Wright feels fine one day after return to action
PHILADELPHIA -- On Sunday, one day after blasting a home run in his first at-bat back from a finger injury, David Wright was back in the lineup without hesitation.
"I check with him every day anyway," manager Terry Collins said. "I pretty much check with every one of these guys. But he said he feels fine today, so it's a great sign. He didn't do anything yesterday to show us he should have any discomfort today."
If the Mets had any doubts as to Wright's readiness, he erased them with a home run on the first pitch he saw from Vance Worley on Saturday, and produced three hits total. It was his first game action since he fractured his right pinkie sliding back into first base on April 9.
Though Wright's injury may take six full weeks to heal, Collins plans to treat the third baseman no more cautiously than any other player. Wright has been performing daily exercises, such as squeezing a wad of putty, to reduce swelling and stiffness in the finger.
Manager Terry Collins pulled Ike Davis aside for a private conversation on Saturday after the first baseman went 1-for-5 to extend his season-opening slump to 2-for-28.
"The game will humble you," Collins said. "How you're going to get out of it determines what kind of success you're going to have."
Though Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been playing well in the absence of regular center fielder Andres Torres, Collins hinted that the rookie may still be ticketed for the Minors once Torres returns from the disabled list.
"I want to see Kirk on a daily basis," Collins said. "We want him playing every day. That way, when he gets called back up, he's in a little better shape for playing."
Torres, who strained his left calf on Opening Day, has not attempted to run since being injured and remains far from a return.
Pitcher R.A. Dickey will hold a question-and-answer session at Citi Field about his book, "Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball," before the Mets play the Marlins on April 25. Tickets for the event cost $100 and include a seat in the Champions Club, food and non-alcoholic beverages and an autographed copy of the book. To purchase tickets, visit mets.com/RAQA.