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Ike Davis exits with a strained right oblique

Aug 31, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

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Mets first baseman Ike Davis may have played his last game in 2013. In the third inning, with the Mets leading 1-0, Davis skied a sacrifice fly to left field. He grabbed at his side, then left the field gingerly with trainer Ray Ramirez, writes ESPN’s Adam Rubin. Rubin later verified that the injury is a strained right oblique, an injury which likely keeps Davis out for the remainder of the season.

Davis has battled adversity all year long. Through June 9, he mustered a measly .500 OPS before the Mets demoted him to Triple-A Las Vegas. There, he posted a 1.091 OPS in 21 games, prompting the Mets to give him another shot. The power didn’t return to levels the Mets would have preferred, but his plate discipline was much improved. Between July 5 and August 30, he drew 38 walks (three intentional) and struck out 35 times in 168 plate appearances. Comparatively, from the beginning of the season through June 9, he drew 19 walks (two intentional) and struck out 66 times in 207 PA.

Rubin suggests the left-handed Lucas Duda and right-handed Josh Satin could share time at first base. Rubin also wonders if the Mets will tender Davis a contract in the off-season, as he will have earned $3.125 million this season and will enter his second year of arbitration eligibility.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    I think this basically assures Ike will not be a Met next year; he had to have a great September for that to even be a consideration.

    I can see Ike being traded, possible for another non-tender candidate. Maybe to the A’s for Josh Reddick, who also hit 30 homers last year but has underachieved this year.

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  2. Jeremiah Graves - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Ike will definitely be back next year. His raise via arbitration won’t be massive given the overall garbage-y numbers he’s got on the year. Duda is an option at 1B, but there’s no one Ike is really blocking right now if they give him another shot. The dude has shown too much legit power and plate presence in his short career for them to cut bait now when we’re still talking about a contract that’s likely under $5M.

    • chill1184 - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      The numbers say that Duda and Davis are similar players at this point.

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