Likely done for 2013, Ike gets cortisone shot
Mets must decide whether to tender deal to streaky first baseman
ATLANTA -- As expected, Mets first baseman Ike Davis received a cortisone injection in his right side Tuesday during an examination at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Though the Mets are not officially deeming Davis done for the season, they do not expect him to play again.
"I'd be surprised if he resumes some baseball activities in the next three weeks," manager Terry Collins said.
Davis strained a right oblique muscle taking a swing last Saturday in Washington, an injury that typically sidelines players for at least three weeks. Barring an exceptionally fast recovery, that means Davis will not even be able to begin baseball activities until late September, making a return to active duty impossible.
The Mets will not place Davis on the disabled list because rosters expanded on Sept. 1. In his absence, Lucas Duda and Josh Satin will split time at first base.
General manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that he did not believe the Mets could have learned much more about Davis in September, anyway. The organization must decide this winter whether to offer Davis his second year of arbitration or non-tender him, knowing the arbitration process would almost certainly earn him a raise over the $3.1 million he made this season.
Davis was hitting .161/.242/.258 with five home runs, 66 strikeouts and 19 walks on June 9, the day the Mets demoted him to the Minors. He hit .267/.429/.433 with 35 strikeouts and 38 walks after his return, but with just four home runs in 170 plate appearances. Coming into the season, Davis averaged one home run every 23 plate appearances for his career.
Collins recalls being part of last winning Bucs team
ATLANTA -- When Terry Collins was named the Pirates' bullpen coach for the 1992 season, he joined a winning team. Coming off their second straight division title, the Pirates made it three straight in '92 with no plans to look back.
A year later, after Pittsburgh stumbled to a disappointing fifth-place finish, Collins left his post to become the manager of the Astros. What he never could have known at the time was that the Pirates would not experience another winning season until this season.
"They've done it the right way," Collins said. "It's always been a town that you've got to raise your own product. They haven't had a lot of money to go out and spend, and they've raised those prospects and done a good job of getting some guys signed, and obviously they've got some very, very good young talent."
To this day, Collins credits then-Pirates skipper Jim Leyland for molding many of his own philosophies as a manager.
"Obviously, if there's a team that I'm happy for," Collins said, "it would be them."