Davis is dealing with a calf injury, and was expected to be ready Friday. He'll need a few more days in order to get ready. Davis hit .205/.326/.334 in 317 at-bats last year.
Davis is dealing with calf tightness, but his competitor for the starting first baseman role is also battling soreness. Tejada has tightness in his left hamstring. Both players are looking to establish themselves as the clear starter at their respective positions.
Davis is locked in a battle with Lucas Duda for the starting first baseman role this spring. After hitting 32 home runs in 2012, Davis hit just .205/.326/.334 with nine home runs in 317 at-bats last season.
"They’re going to be competing, and at the end of the day, one of them will get the job," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "Either based on what they do in spring training, or our assessment of their recent history. The other will be not starting, on the club, elsewhere — that remains to be seen. But right now they’re both, more or less, on equal footing."
Manager Terry Collins has identified improvements in both Davis and Duda thus far. The pair will head into spring game action even in their competition.
"It wasn’t even supposed to be an article," Davis said, per MLB.com. "I told [Post reporter Mike Puma] as soon as he came up, I go, ‘No, we’re not talking about that, it’s pointless.’ That’s exactly what I said. Then it’s back page of the Post, whatever."
Davis made it very clear to reporters he was not trying to make an excuse for his poor performance last season and the nagging side injury had nothing to do with his struggles.
"I sucked last year because I sucked," he said. "It’s not because I had an injury. You always have injuries, and now it just looks bad. I didn’t want the article to come out and it did, so whatever.
"If you hurt something, your oblique, and it pops, there’s a time in between. It doesn’t automatically go, ‘Oh, I’m healthy and then I pop.’ There’s a time where it hurts. But you can’t be like, ‘Oh, I feel a little something here. It’s a little tight. It hurts a little bit.’ I can’t pull myself out of the game.
"You made it look like an excuse," Davis added, directly addressing Puma. "It shouldn’t have been a story anyway, because that’s what we talked about before you wrote this, was we shouldn’t write about it because it doesn’t matter. But that was nowhere in the article. It’s just an overblown thing. Everyone has injuries and they get hurt, so it was pointless to write an article."
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