Duda Davis

Ike Davis is in a boot, Duda still has tight hamstring

Mets 1B Ike Davis arrived to camp Monday wearing a boot on his right foot, designed to help immobilize and heal his tight calf muscle.

Davis last played in a Grapefruit League game on March 2. He has just six official at-bats this spring.

He will be in the boot until it heals, but hopes to be back in action within a few days, he said (NY Post, Mar. 10).

Meanwhile, 1B Lucas Duda is still recovering from a tight hamstring..

He took indoor batting practice Monday for the first time in a week. The team hopes he will play in a game by this weekend (Daily News, Mar. 10).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

9:25 am: Well, so much for getting Ike around 100 at bats this spring… This much-anticipated battle to see who will be Josh Satin‘s platoon-mate never really got started. Ike has six at bats. Duda has seven. There are 21 days until Opening Day. More importantly, this means having less information to help make a decision about the roster. Thankfully, there is time. That said, Terry Collins may want to start getting Wilmer Flores some time at first base, maybe try Daniel Murphy, get Eric Young Jr. more work at second, just in case… The last time Ike had a boot on his foot, he ended up missing half a season; and hamstrings are notorious for taking three times as long to heal as people say in public.




139 comments
Shawn R. Babcock
Shawn R. Babcock

Ike Davis in a boot. *facepalm* I do my best to believe in the grand comeback, Ike. But you don't make it easy.

professore
professore

While the Mets move people around just in case as Mathew Cerrone suggests, they ought to try Juan Lagares at shortstop and Andrew Brown behind the plate.  If they prove accepable, the team at the very least can add flexibility.  Lagares started as a shortstop.  Judging by his range and arm in the CF, he should be able to cover ground and throw from the hole.  Offensively, he probably is an upgrade on Tejada.

legs3
legs3

Ok here is the off season recap of how Sandy made our beloved 2014 Mets better and much different than our 2013 Mets.  1st base same problem. SS same problem, 2nd base same player, 3rd base same player, catcher same player at the end, LF ???, CF ???, rf new player hopefully as good a year as Byrd.  Pitching, Niese hopefully sound, Wheeler same, Gee same, Colon new AARP addition, and who is #5, Dice K or Lannan?  Really?

The true definition of insanity.  Doing the same thing expecting different results.  When do the same questions every year get answered.  2015, 2016?

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Given the past history of the crack Met Medical staff we can look forward to seeing Ike sometime around mid-July. I feel genuinely bad for Ike. He's not a bad guy and deserves better.When he arrived on the scene I thought we had a first basemen for the next decade. I have a vague feeling Flores will be at 1B when they break camp.

Eddie McAniff
Eddie McAniff

Much-anticipated battle? Yeah I've been losing sleep thinking about this one!!!!!

30yrmetfan
30yrmetfan

Matt when u suggest Murphy at first my skin crawls. A guy with a career high of 13 hrs and poor defense doesn't belong anywhere around first.

slainte2
slainte2

i am no doctor, but wouldn't treatment for tight muscle be stretching? given boot is opposite, gotta ask .... are Mets lying re davis?

anthony G. Decesare
anthony G. Decesare

I think signing Morales and trading for Cabrera would do wonders for this lineup, both switch hitters, both probably on 1 year deals.

anthony G. Decesare
anthony G. Decesare

You know, I'm starting to think murphy starts at 1b with young at 2b, it allows lageres to play cf. Just doesn't sound like you getting anything from davis or duda at all. As far as SS, give Flores a shot if he can make the routine plays or trade for Cabrera, but enough of Tejada already. Drew don't want to play for the mets its being made clear. I'm intrigued by Kendro Morales as a switch hitting 1b but mets won't do that.

simbad
simbad

And the race is on!

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

It's time to sign someone for 1B and/or SS -- at some point, you know, enough already.

drmetfan
drmetfan

So much for trading Ike and/or Duda during spring training. We are stuck with these guys.

openmind6
openmind6

Ike Davis doesn't look like he has a care in the world. He probably loves that he is too "hurt" to play and expects to back into the starting job on opening day.

Dave Rodriguez
Dave Rodriguez

Way to come to camp ready to fight for a spot, Davis. Bartolo Colon is now seeing more reps at his position than you.

texasmetsfan
texasmetsfan

The strength and agility camp seems to have worked wonders for Duda's overall conditioning.

Metsnow
Metsnow

Not exactly a dangerous tandem at 1B with Davis and or Duda platooning with Satin. In my mind Satin is a weak singles hitter that will not inject the fear in any opposing pitcher. Its pathetic we have no prospects or options at 1B and SS which has now been a major problem for the past 2 years and counting. Duda and Davis and Satin are no longer prospects.....but currently are major liabilities. Come on SA do something to improve the club already!!!!!

Josh Eppard
Josh Eppard

Why nobody ever brings this up is crazy! The fact the when Ike had his "Breakout" 2nd half and was among the best 1B in the league, the Mets tanked. He was hitting meaningless HR's when the pressure came off. When the Mets were 10 games over .500 his contribution was basically nothing. Now I'm not saying this and this alone presents a clear picture but it is a concern. A concern coupled with a bucket of other concerns and what we have is a problem! I'm all for giving Ike one more shot but maybe he's scared!

eric88
eric88

The Mets went big time on promotions this year, over 5 million dollars, because their possible loan restructure is heavily dependent on attendance so the bank can forecast future earnings. Low attendence, note is due and the Wilpons will be forced to sell their majority share.  Funny, all that money on big name concerts and T-Shirt Fridays etc., in a year they should win 90 games.

lausenberg
lausenberg

I think it's time to sign Kendry Morales...

hashburry
hashburry

What did these guys do in the off season that they came into camp in just terrible physical condition that they couldn't run sprints without getting hurt?  Once again, the Mets can't seem to figure out how to keep young guys healthy.  Absolute joke.

paqza
paqza

@professore  Lagares was also moved off shortstop since he couldn't make the routine plays there. He's the best defensive CF in the NL - we'll leave him there.

paqza
paqza

@legs3  Wow. I love how you actually ignored all the moves he did make, pretended they didn't happen, and then just put question marks down.

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

@30yrmetfan  don't necessarily disagree, but absent signing a Morales for protection, we don't have many options. 

paqza
paqza

@anthony G. Decesare  Which Cabrera are you talking about? And Morales would be a downgrade over Duda+Satin, even without considering the money. Duda and Satin would outhit Morales and also play better defense.

paqza
paqza

@anthony G. Decesare  Satin+Duda are better offensively and defensively than both Morales and Murph. Murph is waaaay better offensively than EYJ. In your proposed lineup, we send out a below average 2B and a below average 1B.

zoddie
zoddie

Murphy doesn't hit enough for first. He's perfect at second.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@Joe Paulson At least we have bodies at 1B...not very good ones, but there are options. We have nothing at SS and that should clearly be what gets fixed first. the D'Backs, Mariners, and Drew are all out there so it's not like it can't be done, just need to bite the bullet. Preferably on Drew so we don't have to give up a top prospect unless it's under Montero.

owlnut
owlnut

@openmind6  Maybe he'll start the season with the boot on so he can use it as an excuse as to why he can't hit for the first half of the season.  Dump both Ike and Duda, let Murphy play first base, and let Young and Flores fight it out to be the second baseman.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@openmind6 I seriously doubt that. Any player who makes it that far loves the game and it kills them to not be able to play. The thing is, we all know that Ike is an incredibly SLOW healer and who knows when he will actually be able to get back on the field. I don't doubt his mindset, but I do doubt his body.

paqza
paqza

@Metsnow  Your comment makes no sense. Satin's got enough power to hit plenty of doubles and the occasional dinger, but the point isn't how good he is in a vacuum - it's how good he is compared to Ike or Duda against lefties. Satin's way better than Ike or Duda against lefties.


Regarding the 2B regarding us having no prospects at 1B or SS...we have the #2 1B prospect in all of baseball in Dom Smith, and in addition to that, we've got Jayce Boyd and Wilmer Flores. On the SS front, we've got Ahmed Rosario at the very least, and some guys in front of him as well.


The Mets have one of the best farm systems in all of baseball - something Sandy's managed in 3 years. 

Jim Alderson
Jim Alderson

Satin is not a singles hitter.  He's a doubles hitter.  Combined with the high AVG and OBP and decent fielding, that's not bad.  He's more like Keith than either Duda or Davis.  And we won with Keith.  So what's wrong with that?  His lack of major league numbers has more to do with lack of opportunity than lack of ability. 

zoddie
zoddie

INJECT THE FEAR! I love this blog.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@Josh Eppard I agree to some extent, but meaningless or not he hit them off ML pitchers who were trying to get him out so he has the ability, ya know?

paqza
paqza

@Joseph DeFazio @30yrmetfan  Duda+Satin is better offensively and defensively than Morales. I'm not saying better per $. I'm saying better, period. The stats back that up.

anthony G. Decesare
anthony G. Decesare

Ey is the only one capable of leading off on this team. Murphy is a better offensive and defensive 1b then duda. If the mets traded for cabrera on the indians, signed Morales and started ey in LF, that's 3 switch hitters in your lineup. Cy is a better hitter then Lageres.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@crafalko17 @Joe Paulson I agree -- it would be f-ing indefensible really at this point. My only point would be there might be a shred of patience if BOTH options for 1B (it is supposed to be a Davis v. Duda fight not a three-way battle with Satin) weren't hurting. Now, it is just ridiculous.

paqza
paqza

@owlnut @openmind6  Ike and Duda, even before considering Satin against lefties, are better career hitters than Murphy. Murphy doesn't have the power or the patience to play first but fits in nicely at 2B. Once you figure Satin into the equation, it's not even close.


Let Murphy play 2B and Satin+Ike or Duda at 1B. It's not the ideal solution (ideal would be Miguel Cabrera) but it's better than what you propose.

owlnut
owlnut

@Victor Triguero @lausenberg  Agreed. They didn't spend money this year. They just rearranged who would be getting the money. The money that came off the books is the money that was spent!