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Posted on: August 5, 2011 6:30 pm

No surgery yet for Mets' Davis, but no return

NEW YORK -- The Ike Davis story keeps getting stranger.

The Mets first baseman hasn't played since May 10, because of a bone bruise in his left ankle. Now the Mets say Davis is going to be held out of baseball activities for at least another four weeks, which they admit will basically end his season.

But he's not having surgery. Not yet.

It was thought at one point that there would be a decision on surgery this week, but that's not happening.

"The surgery is not necessarily the best solution," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. "Surgery can be problematic."

Davis said that as recently as last week, he thought he was days away from being able to step up baseball activities and beginning a rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues. But when he felt more pain in the ankle, doctors looked at it again and told him to back off again.

"I'm telling you, it's getting better," Davis said.

Davis still sounds torn by the surgery question, worried that there is cartilage damage in the ankle. But it appears that decision will now wait for another month.
Category: MLB
Tags: Ike Davis, Mets
Posted on: June 3, 2011 11:12 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 11:20 pm

More Mets woes: Wright out another month

NEW YORK -- At least Sandy Alderson still has a sense of humor.

It's gallows humor, yes. But these are the Mets.

"Maybe we'll have David [Wright] back for [Johan] Santana's first start," the Mets general manager said at the end of another typical Mets Friday night.

Alderson had just announced that Wright, despite no more tests, will now be held out of all baseball activities -- "essentially inactive," he said -- for another three weeks.

That means that Wright, who has already missed 2 1/2 weeks with a stress fracture in his back (which the Mets originally hoped would cost him only two weeks) will now be lucky to be back by the All-Star break. The Mets would like to think that Santana, recovering from shoulder surgery, will join them sometime in late July.

Alderson admitted he was surprised by the setback for Wright, given the lack of any new tests and given that Wright is, as he said, "asymptomatic."

"We had hoped he'd be cleared for baseball activity," Alderson said. "But this is something that needs time to heal."

Even the three-week timetable is no guarantee for Wright, as Alderson said doctors plan another X-ray of his back at that point. Even when Wright is cleared for baseball activity, he'll need time to get ready to play in major-league games, since by then he'll have missed more than a month.

It was more bad news at the end of another bad day for the Mets, who for the third time in four days turned a late-inning lead into a loss, this time 6-3 to the Braves. Making it even worse, Francisco Rodriguez gave up the three ninth-inning runs, giving him 22 games finished (with 33 more to go to trigger a $17.5 million option that the Mets can't afford).

Also Friday, injured first baseman Ike Davis said he has no idea when he'll be able to return.

And shortstop Jose Reyes committed an error on a routine play in the eighth inning, allowing the tying run to score.

Just another day for the Mets.

Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:21 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 9:27 pm

Mets' Davis totally unsure when he'll return

NEW YORK -- Ike Davis hasn't played in nearly a month, but he's still second on the Mets with seven home runs.

Davis can't tell you when he'll play again. And you wonder, whenever it is, will he still be second on the team?

Davis stopped by Citi Field Friday, three days after the team announced that his sore left ankle would be in a boot for the next three weeks. What he had to say wasn't exactly encouraging.

"Who knows how long it's going to take to heal?" Davis said. "They don't know."

Who knows when he's going to play again.

"I wish I could tell you," Davis said. "I wish I knew."

The day he was hurt, Davis held the team lead in home runs. Carlos Beltran passed him two days later (then didn't homer again until Thursday). David Wright, also on the disabled list, is one behind him with six. Besides Beltran, no one on the Mets' active roster has more than four home runs.

Category: MLB
Tags: Ike Davis, Mets
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:26 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2011 6:51 pm

If 'coverage is good,' then the Mets are winners

NEW YORK -- The owner ripped his players. Then the owner said he was "bleeding cash."

Oh, and then the owner announced that he'd found someone to buy part of the team, someone who would give him some much-needed cash (but not enough cash to make all that much of a difference). And another player got hurt.

You could say it was a crazy week for the Mets, but when they showed up for work Friday, it felt like just another day, just another week.

And maybe that's exactly what makes the Mets what they are. The craziness has become so common that it doesn't even feel like craziness anymore.

The bad news has been so expected that a bit of good news becomes something to joke about.

"We finally got a good report," general manager Sandy Alderson said about pitcher R.A. Dickey. "We must have changed doctors."

The good report? It was that Dickey only has a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his right foot. It was that Dickey may not miss a start (although maybe he will).

"I was expecting something more dire," Alderson said.

Oh, and in the meantime, David Wright and Ike Davis are still on the disabled list, with no return date certain. And in the meantime, the Mets have been outhomered 9-1 in the nine games since Wright went out.

And fans have basically stopped showing up.

Alderson is learning. Just as Jerry Manuel learned.

It was two years ago that Manuel, then the Mets manager, said of a Gary Sheffield injury: "They're calling it cramps -- surgery on Tuesday."

Alderson is learning that weeks like this just aren't out of the ordinary here.

"Everybody says, 'This is New York -- it's different,'" he said. "I would admit, 'This is New York -- it's different.'"

This isn't Oakland. This isn't San Diego.

At his previous stops, Alderson's week would have been different.

"There would have been a little beach time in there," he said with a grin.

Instead, he's still fielding questions about what owner Fred Wilpon said to The New Yorker.
The players are fielding questions, too. A crowd gathered around Carlos Beltran in the Mets clubhouse Friday, even though Beltran had already answered his own Wilpon questions in Chicago.

"What happened, that's in the past," Beltran told the crowd.

He understands already. This is the Mets. This is New York.

It's always like this.

"I just try to keep my head and think about the game," he said. "Of course, there are distractions. But all we can do is concentrate on what's important."

But what is important for the Mets? Is it surviving this season? Is it trading away their players? Is it surviving the crisis of the day?

"We're in the entertainment business," Alderson said. "Coverage is good."

By that standard, then, this was a good week at Citi Field.

Another good week.

Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:58 pm

Mets' Davis to see doctor in NY

The Mets have sent first baseman Ike Davis back to New York to be examined by team doctors, the team announced today.

Davis suffered what the Mets called a left calf strain when he collided with teammate David Wright in the Mets' Tuesday night win over the Rockies in Denver.
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Tags: Ike Davis, Mets
Posted on: April 19, 2010 1:12 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2010 1:18 pm

Mets promote Ike Davis from Triple-A

Ike Davis is on his way to the Mets.

The team announced today that Davis has been called up from Triple-A Buffalo, where he was hitting .364 in the first 10 games of the season. Davis, who excited Mets fans by hitting .480 with three home runs in 12 games this spring, will become the first baseman, at least against right-handed pitchers.

Davis isn't a mega-prospect on the Jason Heyward level, but he still could be a major upgrade for the Mets. So far this season, Mets first basemen are 4 for 28 (.143), with just one home run and three RBIs.

The Mets considered keeping Davis on the opening day roster, but the thought then was that Daniel Murphy might not be out long, and that the team could get by with Mike Jacobs and Fernando Tatis. Davis, meanwhile, could get time at Triple-A that the team thought he still needed.

But the Jacobs/Tatis plan didn't exactly work, and Sunday the Mets designated Jacobs for assignment. That night, utility man/pinch hitter Frank Catalanotto played first base, batting cleanup for the first time in his 14-year major league career.

Davis is regarded as a solid defensive first baseman with good power. He sometimes struggles against left-handers, and it's possible that Tatis could still play against many lefties.

Category: MLB
Tags: Ike Davis, Mets
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