Jammed wrist sidelines Bay
BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates will be without their Rookie of the Year for the next week — and perhaps longer.
Left fielder Jason Bay is listed as “week-to-week” after jamming his left wrist Tuesday while diving for a fly ball in the fifth inning of the Pirates’ 10-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
Bay was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for an X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging test. No fracture or ligament damage was found in the wrist, and Bay was diagnosed with a bone bruise.
He will spend the next few days resting his wrist, and the Pirates don’t anticipate the injury to linger deep into spring.
“We fully expect him to be ready for Opening Day,” Pirates spokesman Jim Trdinich said.
Bay was hurt when he attempted to make a diving catch on Adam Dunn’s double near the left-field line. He immediately clutched his wrist and was removed after manager Lloyd McClendon conferred with trainer Brad Henderson. Bay was replaced by rookie Nate McLouth.
“I think Jason was scared more than anything,” McClendon said. “When we were coming in, he didn’t say anything bad at all. He wanted to stay in the game, but at this point you want to make sure everything is OK.”
Bay became the Pirates’ first-ever Rookie of the Year after batting .282 with 26 homers and 82 RBI last season. He has gotten off to a slow start this spring and was 1 for 15 after going hitless in two at-bats against the Reds.
Bay spent last spring recovering from off-season surgery on his right shoulder and was limited to 14 at-bats in eight games. He opened the year on the 15-day disabled list and didn’t return to the lineup until May.