Terry Collins told Ike Davis he will be permitted to work his problems out at the Major League level, and will not be demoted to the Minor Leagues, according to SNY’s Matt Dunn.
Davis basically said he’s relieved to know he will not be demoted and while he won’t be necessarily used in a straight platoon, Collins told him he will be used based on match-ups for the time being.
Davis is hitting just .159 with a .213 on-base percentage, five home runs and 15 RBI this season. He is 8-for-64 in the month of May and has two hits in his last 36 at-bats.
Brian Erni: Well, now we know what to expect. As does Ike, and I think that’s important. Davis can now go about his business knowing the onus is on him to get this sorted out at the Big League level. Now that he knows that a trip to Buffalo isn’t in his future, I’d like to start seeing Ike getting some at bats against left handed pitching. If he’s here to stay, he’s going to need the regular reps. He’s a valuable piece to this organization’s future, and part of that future is playing every single day no matter who is on the mound. That said, I understand that Terry wants to put him in the best position to succeed, especially in light of his struggles. It should be interesting to see how this all shakes out.
Michael Baron: There have been a lot of opinions floating around that Davis could or should go to the minors. It has been discussed here, on Twitter, on Facebook, and even during the telecasts on SNY. Hell, Rusty Staub even suggested it last night in a conference call with bloggers, and Terry Collins himself has hinted a demotion could be possible for Ike. In addition, Davis himself has been faced with the question on several occasions from the media, and that had to have been weighing on him and further compounding the negative experiences for him. Personally, I still think it would help for Davis to get out of the spotlight for a bit and go somewhere where he can get himself on track and not have to deal with the pressure of struggling. But the decision has been made, for the time being.
In any event, regardless of what anyone else thinks, the most important thing for Davis is the organization show confidence in him no matter where he is, and I would think giving him that vote of confidence, for now anyway, can only help him.