<sarcasm>No, it couldn’t be. An injured Mets player will be out longer than originally expected? Never heard that before.</sarcasm> Ike Davis, who was originally just supposed to be out a few weeks, has now been on the disabled list since May 10, and will be out at least another three weeks. The bone bruise in Ike’s left ankle still has not healed properly, which does not bode well for the rest of his season. I hate to say “I told you so,” but I did.
Ike was enjoying a fantastic sophomore season in the Major Leagues. After posting a .264/.351/.440 line with 19 homeruns, 71 RBI, 63 runs, and 3 stolen bases as a rookie, the young first baseman was looking even better in 2011. Through his first 36 games, Ike owned a .302/.383/.543 line with 7 homeruns, 25 RBI, and 20 runs. However, after colliding with David Wright on an infield pop-up, Davis surprisingly hit the DL, and has been out since.
While the Mets gave the lion’s share of playing time to Dan Murphy (and some to Nick Evans and Lucas Duda), the crew of replacements have posted a combined .248/.295/.347 line with 2 homeruns, 11 RBI, and 18 runs in 159 plate appearances. Murphy himself has done a solid job, posting a .290/.333/.409 line in 123 plate appearances, but regardless, Ike’s bat is sorely missed at first base.
Fans can only hope that Davis will heal in three week’s time, but considering his difficulty recovering to-date, it seems unlikely the Mets will have Ike back in 2011.