Davis remains the likely starter in left field for the Mets when the regular season begins, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. The delayed start to the season does open up the possibility that Yoenis Cespedes (ankle) could be healthy enough for regular duty, but Davis is still expected to hang onto the job after his impressive .307/.369/.527 performance at the plate last season. In the long term, however, the 27-year-old will need to improve his defense as well if he's to become a fixture in left field.
Davis went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. He took Carlos Martinez deep in the third inning for his first spring homer, boosting his slash line to .308/.375/.615 through 16 plate appearances. Davis seems to be fully recovered from his shoulder injury, and with Michael Conforto (oblique) now iffy for Opening Day, Davis is expected to begin the season locked into a starting corner outfield spot.
Davis (shoulder) will start in left field Sunday against Houston, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports. Davis' availability for Opening Day appeared to be potentially at risk when he jammed his shoulder in late February, but he's steadily made progress in recent days and will now return to game action. With over two weeks left before the start of the regular season, he should have plenty of time to get up to speed despite the delay.
Davis (shoulder) took at-bats in a simulated game against Jacob deGrom on Friday, David Lennon of Newsday reports. Davis is working his way back from a jammed left shoulder he suffered late in February. He's optimistic about his readiness for Opening Day, and the fact that he's participating in a simulated game with nearly three weeks left before the start of the regular season would seem to support that optimism.
Davis (shoulder) took full swings during an on-field workout Wednesday and anticipates that he'll be ready for Opening Day, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports. Davis' jammed left shoulder has presented no apparent complications for him while swinging the past two days, with the 26-year-old telling Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that "all the range of motion is there." He's expected to take another step forward in the recovery process by taking live batting practice within the next few days, and if that goes well, he could re-enter the Mets' spring lineup next week. Barring any further setbacks, Davis should be able to get in enough at-bats in spring games to leave the Mets confident in his health heading into Opening Day.