Originally posted on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 8/9/12
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As the New York Mets returned home, one of the big questions surrounding the team was the future of outfielder Jason Bay. General Manager Sandy Alderson had hinted before the team's road trip that Bay would get an 11 game opportunity to show where he fit into the team's plans for the remainder of this season and beyond. When Bay disappointed on the trip, many began to wonder about the future of the beleagured outfielder. The answer to Bay's fate and much more will be revealed in this week's edition of Mets 101 News and Notes. Let's start with:

Bay To Stay:

Jason Bay will be remaining with the Mets, MetsBlog.com reports. GM Sandy Alderson told ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand that Bay is not going anywhere for the foreseeable future, and that he does not feel that it is necessary to buy out Bay's contract at this time. Speculation was rampant that Alderson, who had bought out the contracts of Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez last season, could buy out Bay's deal to give him and the club an opportunity to start fresh. Bay will stay because, according to manager Terry Collins, he is a professional and is doing everything he can to help the ball club. The manager did acknowledge that Bay is a platoon player as of now who will play primarily against left handed pitching and against certain right handed pitchers. Bay's status could change by the end of the season, so stay tuned.

 

Bad News for Byrdak:

Mets left hander Tim Byrdak received some bad news over the weekend. The left hander's season is over after he was diagnosed with a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder, Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger reports. The injury is the same one that kept both Johan Santana and Chris Young out of action for the 2011 season, and it remains to be seen whether Byrdak will choose to resume his career or retire. Manager Terry Collins admitted that injuries like Byrdak's can result from overuse, and his workload was extreme for the last two seasons. The Mets replaced Byrdak in the bullpen by recalling lefty Garrett Olson from Triple-A Buffalo. Elvin Ramirez was demoted back to the Bisons to make room for Olson, who was added to the 40 man roster after Dillon Gee was transferred to the 60 day disabled list.

 

All Star Logo Unveiled:

As the Mets continue to prepare for the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field, the organization took the opportunity yesterday to unveil the game's official logo. The logo was unveiled at a press conference yesterday attended by current players David Wright, R.A. Dickey, Johan Santana and manager Terry Collins. Former Mets All Stars John Franco, Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, and Dwight Gooden were also in attendance. Wright took the podium before the logo was unveiled and jokingly referenced the fences being moved in as an asset if he or one of his teammates were to compete in the Home Run Derby next summer. The logo, which can be seen in this link from the Mets, strongly resembles the team's current logo.

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