Bay not optimistic

Outfielder Jason Bay will likely miss the remainder of the Red Sox’ series with the Yankees with the cramped right hamstring that held him out of the first two games. Bay did not rule out playing in New York, but he gave what sounded like a bleak prediction.

“I wouldn’t say optimistic,” Bay said. “I wouldn’t write it off. But, it’s kind of the same issue as in Tampa. I came back a day or two before I should have, and I set myself back. I’ll try to avoid that. I want to be out there, but in the same sense we need to be smart about this, too. My body will let me know when it’s right.”

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Bay rested his hamstring yesterday, not even taking batting practice with the team. Today, he took batting practice and did some light running. “I feel a lot better than yesterday,” Bay said. Yesterday was a little stiff. Hopefully in the next couple of days, I’ll be back in.”

Bay, typically durable, has been frustrated watching the Sox play shorthanded. Without him last night, Kevin Youkilis was forced to man left field.

“I don’t sit on the bench a lot,” Bay said. “It’s hard. I like to play. If you’re sick, you go out there and you gut it out, you do it. It’s one of those things where you physically can’t do it, it’s tough. Certainly, the time of the year and the race we’re in and we’re in New York, all these things don’t necessarily help.”

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