NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Mets have to stay an extra day in the Rockies because their series finale was postponed by a mixture of rain and snow.
They’ll have to salvage the last game in Colorado without first baseman Ike Davis.
The Mets placed Davis on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with an ankle sprain and bone bruise. Outfield prospect Fernando Martinez is in Denver and will replace the first baseman on New York’s roster.
Daniel Murphy will likely move to first base with Willie Harris or Justin Turner manning second.
Davis left in the fifth inning of New York’s 4-3 win over Colorado on Tuesday night after he collided with third baseman David Wright’s foot as the two closed in on Troy Tulowitzki’s popup. Davis bounced up quickly but was limping noticeably. He remained in the game for the final out of the inning, only to be replaced in the field to start the fifth.
“We didn’t really collide that hard — I think I just rolled my ankle or something. At the time there was a lot of pain everywhere,” Davis said Tuesday night. “I actually don’t think it’s going to be that long.”
The Mets are slated to send Jonathon Niese (1-4) to the mound on Thursday. The lefty went 5 2-3 innings and gave up three runs in his last outing, a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Rockies will counter with ace Ubaldo Jimenez, who’s still searching for his first win of the year. The All-Star flamethrower has been bothered by a cracked cuticle on his pitching thumb this season. He’s also wrestled with his command.
But Jimenez (0-2) appeared to have his issues sorted out in his start last Friday at San Francisco, giving up two hits and one run over six innings in a no-decision. It was his first quality start of the season.
Jimenez has been tough on the Mets at Coors Field, going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA.
NOTES: With the postponement, the Mets will throw RHP Dillon Gee on Friday in Houston and RHP R.A. Dickey on Saturday. Lefty Chris Capuano will close out the three-game series with the Astros by taking the mound Sunday.
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From the Mets:
FLUSHING, N.Y., May 12, 2011 – The New York Mets today announced the team has placed first baseman Ike Davis on the 15-Day Disabled List, retroactive to May 11, with a left ankle sprain and a bone bruise, and has recalled outfielder Fernando Martinez from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League. Martinez will wear #26 and will be available for today’s game.
Davis, 24, met with team physicians and underwent an MRI last night at The Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan after leaving Tuesday’s game in Colorado before the top of the fifth inning.
Davis is hitting .302 (39-129) with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 36 games this season and is one of eight players in the majors with at least a .300 batting average, seven home runs and 25 RBI.
Martinez, 22, hit .292 (19-65) with three home runs, including one in each of his last two games, and seven RBI in 19 contests for Buffalo. The 6-1, 206-pound native of Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic, appeared in seven games with the Mets last season and hit .167 (3-18) with two RBI. For his major league career, Martinez has compiled a .174 (19-109) batting average with one home run and 10 RBI in 36 games.