Ike Davis first injured his ankle on a collision just in front of the pitchers mound in early May with third baseman David Wright and following the game he told reporters that he expected to return shortly. Three months later it seems as though his season is over:
Davis had been running and doing short sprints at his home in Arizona before flying into NY on Friday to be examined by doctors. The Mets first baseman met with two ankle specialist and was told that he must avoid baseball activities for the next four weeks, at which point he will be re-evaluated and a decision on his next step will then be determined. ”Surgery can be problematic so it’s not necessarily an excellent or preferred solution,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson told ESPN New York. “We’d like to see what happens over the next four weeks and hope that this resolves itself just in the course of rest and the healing process.”
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:
He said Friday that he’d felt better last week while running in Arizona and was optimistic about beginning a rehab assignment in Florida in the coming days. But Davis began to feel discomfort after doing “fielding movements” and the injury bothered him for the next “three or four days,” he said on Friday.
Alderson noted on Friday that exams showed that the condition of Davis’ injury has not improved markedly since mid-July, but the Mets are hoping to avoid having Davis undergo the high-risk microfracture surgery at all costs.
The procedure attempts to trigger the healing process by drilling small holes in the ankle to allow blood and marrow to help heal the cartilage. It is rare in baseball players. Detroit Tigers veteran Carlos Guillen recently missed 11 months after having the surgery on his left knee.
“This is not one where there’s a nice road map to recovery,” Alderson said of Davis’ injury. “I think that’s one of the things that concerns Ike, one of the things that concerns us.”
Davis would likely need to undergo the surgery soon or else he might have difficulty recovering in time for the start of the 2012 season.
Alderson said that Davis’ doctors informed the team that delaying a decision on surgery for four weeks will not put Davis in danger of missing time in spring training.”
Although the team has put together excellent scoring streaks in his absence, Davis’ thump in the middle of the NY lineup has surely been missed. As Kerel Cooper pointed out in a video post to his blog On The Black.com, the lack of power from this club is one of the main reasons they have been a .500 team; not only this year, but over in the last three seasons as well. Let’s not forget to mention what he brings to the table on the defensive end as well.
Like Johan, if Ike’s season is truly over all we can hope for is for him to return healthy and in time for 2012…
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