Mets Star Ike davis Likely Headed For Surgery
by Levi Epstein
The New York Mets’ Jewish star first baseman Ike Davis is still struggling to return from an injury sustained in a collision with fellow teammate, David Wright, back on May 10th in Colorado.
Last week Davis showed signs of progress by running on artificial turf with his injured left ankle. But sharp pain stood in his way after a similar workout the following day. Though Davis later said he felt better and even went for a jog that day, by the end of the week his sore ankle was in need of a cortisone shot. “He is willing to give it another three weeks before turning to surgery” said Sandy Alderson General Manager of the club.
“Some days it feels really good, some days it doesn’t,” Davis said. “The cortisone shot is like a last-ditch effort to see if I can push forward without having to have surgery. If it’s not pretty much gone by then, then we’ll think about surgery. Hopefully this cortisone shot kind of knocks all the inflammation out of it and I’m good to go after this.”
Davis will continue to rest up for the next four to five days, while the team currently plays in New York, during which time he will get a second opinion and an MRI. After that, he will return to the Mets’ Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Davis says that he never expected to be out this long, originally thinking he had merely rolled his ankle in the May 10 collision. Last week’s news was even more frustrating given the outstanding season Davis had been having prior to his injury. Davis batted .302 with a .383 on-base percentage in 149 plate appearances. What he is most missed for, however, is his tremendous power at the plate; the Mets are a club that really struggles to hit the long ball. Davis’s .543 slugging percentage is best on the team, and his seven home runs trail only that of right fielder Carlos Beltran’s 13.
“The biggest thing really is, you miss doing your job,” Davis said. “I trained all offseason, I trained hard. I did Spring Training, I got ready. To play a month and a couple weeks is not the goal. It’s a lot of effort to put into something and then get it cut short.”