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Ike Davis gets “last-ditch effort” cortisone injection as ankle surgery looms

Jul 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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The latest news on Ike Davis‘ ankle injury isn’t good.

He got a cortisone shot yesterday and is slated to undergo an MRI exam over the weekend, with season-ending surgery looming if he doesn’t show significant improvement.

Davis has already been out for more than two months with an injury that was initially deemed minor and here’s the update he gave to Conor Orr of the Newark Star Ledger:

I wouldn’t say pessimistic, but I would say in three weeks, by the rule of the injury, if I’m not taking steps to play in three weeks, there’s something structurally wrong. If I could avoid surgery–surgery is not fun and sometimes stuff doesn’t feel the same after. And I’m trying to do as much as I can, the cortisone shot is like a last-ditch effort to see if we can push forward without having the surgery.

What makes the multiple setbacks Davis has experienced all the more frustrating is that he was off to a great start, following up an impressive rookie season by hitting .302 with seven homers and a .925 OPS through 36 games. Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda haven’t been able to come close to that production and in his lengthy absence the Mets have slipped to the middle of the pack in overall OPS at first base for the season.

  1. AK47 - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    How many times has the “last ditch effort” worked? Why not just have the surgery and get it over with? Seems like too many teams try the “wait and see” approach which ends up costing these guys a few extra months of time (i.e. Brett Anderson).

  2. Old Gator - Jul 15, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    And if the cortisone doesn’t knit his bones, tendons and ligaments in some miraculous way (sounds like a plate of Irish farm food, doesn’t it?), the guy who lives behind me can run some tracks up and down his leg with a chicken foot dipped in bat’s blood. Guaranteed to work, especially after he blows some of that funny gray powder up Ike’s nose. Hell, he could play on the stump after that.

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