A few hours before the Mets took on the Reds in the opener of a three-game series at Citi Field, Jason Bay was standing in front of his locker in the clubhouse talking about his injury-plagued stint in New York.

"The biggest line that the guys in here have about me is that I don't do anything graceful," Bay said with a chuckle.

Bay was talking about the fractured rib he sustained while diving for a fly ball at Citi Field against the Giants on April 23. That knocked him out of the lineup for 40 games. He didn't exactly look like Michael Phelps hitting the water on that outfield play.

The same could be said of the second inning Friday night, when Bay added to his injury woes. Again he was chasing down a ball in left field and stumbled, landing awkwardly and slamming the back of his neck and head into the bottom of the outfield wall.

He managed to scramble to his feet, get to the ball and hit David Wright with a relay throw. But Wright's throw home was too late to get Jay Bruce, who scored on an inside-the-park home run.

Bay looked like a boxer who had taken too many shots as he made a wobbly walk from the outfield to the Mets dugout with the help of a team trainer. The Mets called it "a possible concussion." Who knows when - if - he will take the field for the Mets again?