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Mets' Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada in peril of demotion in coming days

Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada, two young struggling Mets, are in jeopardy of being demoted in coming days, people close to the situation say.

The demotions of the two infielders could occur as soon as the conclusion of the Yankees series if the pair continues to struggle, sources suggest. And even a turnaround for a game or two won't necessarily keep them in the majors.

The surprise is that it's two members of the Mets infield who are struggling when so much has been made of the outfield. The infield has been viewed as perhaps the young club's biggest strength. Both are viewed as potential cornerstone players. But their rough starts are hard not to notice.

Mike Francesa on WFAN in New York reported that the players have been warned of the possibility in a meeting, which sources confirm.

"They need to produce," one Mets-connected person said.

On Sunday, Davis showed a bit of a spark with a winning hit against the Braves, but has whiffed five times in six at-bats in the two wins against the Yankees and is now at .156 for the season. It isn't the low mark of the year, but it's close. He also has only four home runs and 11 RBI.

Tejada is at .209 with no homers and 10 RBI. He's been batting lead-off lately, which on the surface may be a mixed message, but actually may be an attempt to ignite him.

Davis staged a major turnaround last season at the big-league level, finishing with 30 home runs after a similarly slow start. So that may have been an impetus to keep him in the majors this long.

Tejada confounded Mets higher-ups with uninspired play this spring after a solid 2012, and his play has been only slightly better this season.

 
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