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Prior to yesterday's game against the Diamondbacks, Terry Collins told reporters Mike Baxter could take Jason Bay's starting job in left field when he returns from the disabled list.

ā€œIt could eventually pan out that way,ā€ Terry Collins explained. ā€œI want to see where [Baxter] is when he gets back here.ā€

Bay is hitting just .170 with five home runs and eight RBI in 106 at-bats this season. He's just 4-for-31 with a home run, two RBI, four walks, and ten strikeouts since returning from the disabled list on July 17.

Meanwhile, Baxter is hitting .333 (21-for-65) with eight RBI during his minor league rehab assignment. He is expected to rejoin the Mets at the beginning of the week.

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