Mets 1B Ike Davis concealed an oblique injury from the team for most of last season, the New York Post reported.
Davis later ripped in to the reporter, New York Post’s Mike Puma, disputing its accuracy…
8:58 am: “If Ike Davis took a swing at me, he might miss,” Puma later told WFAN during a phone interview.
8:30 am: This morning, Davis argued with reporters from his locker about the accuracy of Puma’s report.
“We talked for 20 minutes, I said it’s a basically pointless story,” Davis said directly to Puma. “You made it look like it was an excuse. … That’s what we talked about before you wrote it, that you shouldn’t write this because it doesn’t matter. But, that was nowhere in the article.”
Davis said he told Puma that every player has injuries, so it was a pointless story, which Puma agreed with during their original conversation.
“I sucked last year because I sucked, not because I had an injury,” Davis said, insisting he will never do one-on-one interviews again, only group sessions. “I never once made an excuse that my oblique hurt.”
Here’s audio of Ike’s talk with reporters about the accuracy and motivation of the story:
According to eyewitnesses, before his rant, Davis, David Wright and two others sat at a table with Puma and the team’s media director, arguing about the story. Davis then got up, went to his locker and started a full media scrum with other reporters, resulting in the above audio.
7:37 am: Davis concealed an oblique injury from the Mets for most of last season, according to the New York Post’s Mike Puma.
According to the report, he didn’t tell the team because he was struggling and didn’t want to surrender his spot in the lineup.
“I thought about saying, ‘Hey, I would like to take a couple of weeks off, because I’m not feeling great,’” Davis said. “But then the timing was bad and it was when I was getting sent down. It would have been a great time, but it looks bad and I just can’t say that. … It looks like I’m whining about how I [stunk]. I was terrible, now it’s over.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Yikes. Well, that’s not going to help him stick around. He says he wants to be on the team, and I believe him. Terry Collins keeps raving about his swing and how he looks in camp. But, I’m sure the Mets could trade him today if they wanted, so long as they lower their asking price…
I’m sure this will be addressed with Ike, since it’s the root cause of a lot of previous injuries and bad stories the team has had to deal with in past seasons with other players.