While the Mets weren't surprised by the injury to Chris Young, who joined them with a history of shoulder troubles, and they have carefully monitored the likes of Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes with their own recent struggles, it was Ike Davis who was the latest player to succumb to injury.
Davis, who is leading the Mets in home runs and RBI this season, suffered what the team called a strained left calf in the fourth inning Tuesday during the Mets' 4-3 win over the Rockies.
Davis collided with David Wright as Wright caught a popup in the middle of the infield, the two converging just in front of the mound. Davis went down hard, appearing to twist his left ankle. He was examined by trainers and talked his way into staying in the game for the rest of the inning, but he then had to bow out, unable to push up on his foot.
"(The popup) was really high, right in the middle," said Davis, who was wearing a walking boot after the game. "Me and David both had a long way to run for it. We both were calling for it at the same time, so we didn't hear each other call it. We didn't really collide that hard. I just kind of rolled my ankle or something. ... I didn't know what it was. At the time there was a lot of pain everywhere. It's more like the back side of my lower leg."
Davis was hopeful that he could reduce the swelling by icing it overnight and taking anti-inflammatories, speculating that he might even be able to tape it up and get back in the lineup. But that sounded wildly optimistic.
"He's going to get re-examined in the morning," manager Terry Collins said. "They're calling it a strained calf, but I know he was hurting. When he came out, he was hurting bad. We'll have to see what the doctors think."
The Mets lost Davis, at least for the night and likely longer. Wright was uninjured on the play, and pitcher Mike Pelfrey speculated that it could have been even worse.
"I told them they were lucky I backed off because I called it first," Pelfrey said. "Then we really would have had a problem. You never want to see anybody go down. I looked down, he was down. It was just an awkward play. I immediately called for the trainer. You never want to see anybody get hurt, especially when it's right in front of you."
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