Terry Collins did not know Ike Davis was dealing with an oblique injury early last season, he told reporters in St. Lucie on Monday.
“There’s got to be a conversation, and then certainly it’s up to me to decide which way to proceed,” Collins said about communication between players, coaches and trainers. “I was as surprised as anybody by what I heard.”
The New York Post reported early Monday that Davis concealed an oblique injury from the team for most of last season. Davis later ripped into the reporter, arguing there was no point to the story.
“I sucked last year because I sucked,” Davis said, indicating an injury had nothing to do with his poor season.
Collins said that if Davis had an injury, it would have been detected by any number of people analyzing the player’s swing and conditioning, so he doesn’t not think it contributed to any struggles on the field. That said, pain is pain, and any and all issues are expected to be reported to coaches and trainers, Collins explained.
“If you’re failing at what you’re supposed to be doing, something needs to be addressed,” he said. “If you feel it’s taking away from your game, you’ve got to say something.”