Is Ike Davis starting to remind anyone else of Jordany Valdespin? Sure, Ike hasn’t started posting photos of himself wearing another team’s cap on Instagram or cursing out his manager after being demoted to the minors.
But Davis keeps making it harder to be patient with him while the Mets try to figure out if he’s ever going to live up to the potential they saw in him.
Sunday night, the New York Post published an article revealing that Davis was bothered by an oblique injury for most of last season and did not tell the Mets’ trainers or coaching staff.
Mike Puma wrote:
“Davis was reluctant in admitting to The Post his oblique was an issue for most of last season…”
“’I probably should have said something earlier, but what are you going to do?’ Davis said. ‘I wanted to play better, I didn’t want to come out. If I was hitting .380, I probably would have been like, “Maybe I should let this cool down so I don’t miss [extensive] time,” but when you’re hitting .200, you can’t take weeks off.’”
Davis seems to be admitting that he put his own career ahead of the team’s needs, but that’s probably a symptom of the larger cultural problem about how the Mets handle injuries. If there’s a bright side to today’s spring training controversy, it might be Terry Collins‘ efforts to encourage players to speak up when they are hurt.
Anybody who’s ever watched what happens when Ike takes a called third strike could have predicted how he’d respond to the Post article.
Despite talking about the subject with Puma – a reporter – Davis insisted today that last year’s undisclosed oblique issue should not have been news.
“It shouldn’t have been a story anyway, because that’s what we talked about before you wrote this, was we shouldn’t write about it because it doesn’t matter. But that was nowhere in the article. It’s just an overblown thing. Everyone has injuries and they get hurt, so it was pointless to write an article.”
Ike is a 26-year-old veteran of four major leagues seasons, and he plays in one of the largest media markets in the world. He needs to realize that reporters report things and that what he said would seem like a big story to a sports editor – especially during spring training when media outlets will print anything that looks like fresh content.
I do give Davis credit for not trying to claim that he was misquoted and for not using the injury as an excuse for his poor performance in 2013. Despite what he told Puma, I have to believe the oblique situation did affect Davis’ swing to some degree.
If you’re still an Ike Davis fan, maybe you’ve got a new reason for optimism about how well he’ll play this year. If you’ve already had enough of Ike, you’ve got another reason to want him gone.
That’s probably just coincidence, but hopefully Ike Davis will be there paying attention tomorrow.
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