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Mets place Ike Davis on DL, call up Fernando Martinez

May 12, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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Ike Davis was hopeful that he could return to the lineup after missing just a few days with his calf injury, but the Mets have placed him on the disabled list … and are now calling it a left ankle sprain and bone bruise.

Calf, ankle. Same difference.

To replace Davis on the roster Fernando Martinez has been called up from Triple-A. Despite seemingly being around forever Martinez is still just 22 years old, but his prospect stock has gradually declined during the past couple seasons.

However, he was hitting .292 with three homers and an .838 OPS in 19 games at Triple-A prior to the call-up, which is very nice production for a 22-year-old in a league where the average player in 26. Martinez’s lack of strike-zone control and plate discipline remain stumbling blocks for his development, but he’s shown 20-homer power while hitting .275 between Double-A and Triple-A despite being very young for each stop.

He won’t be able to replace Davis’ production, as the first baseman was hitting .302 with seven homers and a .925 OPS in 36 games, but Martinez may finally be ready to contribute positively this time around while Daniel Murphy likely sees most of the action at first base and Willie Harris and Justin Turner split time at second base.

  1. Matthew Pouliot - May 12, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    But the ankle is like right next to the calf. That’s real progress for the Mets medical staff!

  2. phukyouk - May 12, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    they are quickly becoming the best DL roster EVER!

  3. sdelmonte - May 12, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Part of me wants to bemoan the Mets’ terrible luck with injuries this week. But is there any team that isn’t already struggling with pain?

  4. Reggie's Bush - May 12, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    I still like Ike

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