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Notebook: Bay back in lineup

| Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005

Outfielder Jason Bay was in the starting lineup Tuesday, one day after he had to leave the game with a bruise on his left knee. "I feel fine. It's a little sore, but it doesn't bother me today. It's a non-issue," Bay said. "I'm not forcing it or anything. It's just another day." Bay fouled a pitch off the inside of his knee while batting in the top of the fifth inning Monday at Atlanta. He has now started in all 107 games this season.

  • Reliever Mike Gonzalez , who is on the disabled list with a sprained ligament in his left knee, had a 45-pitch throwing session yesterday with pitching coach Spin Williams. Gonzalez said he is scheduled to have another throwing session Thursday and could be in line to begin a rehabilitation assignment as soon as this weekend.

  • Starting pitcher Oliver Perez is continuing to progress slowly in his return from a broken left big toe. Perez, who has been out since kicking a laundry cart June 26 following his start in St. Louis, just started throwing off the mound Saturday, and McClendon said he might not return until after Sept. 1. "He can push off now," McClendon said. "He'll continue to progress at the level his foot will allow him to progress, My hope is that he'll be back before (Sept. 1). But obviously, we're pushing the clock a little bit."

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