NEW YORK (WFAN) – It’s no secret that Mets first baseman Ike Davis has been struggling. Struggling mightily, in fact.

And with Jason Bay on the path back to the Majors after suffering a non-displaced fracture of a rib on his left side in the second game of a doubleheader against the Giants in April, the questions looms: Who will be demoted when the left fielder returns?

Despite Davis’ issues at the plate this season, it’s unlikely that he’ll be the one sent down when Bay returns to action, according to the New York Post.

Not only is Bay set to return in roughly 10 days, but shortstop Ruben Tejada, out with a quad injury, is also expected to be back on the field around that time.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mike Baxter and Justin Turner will be candidates to be sent down in the next week-and-a-half, but all three have played very well thus far this season, making the decision even more difficult for manager Terry Collins.

When Davis was asked if he feels that he deserves to be demoted, he acknowledged that he’s underperforming, but expressed confidence that he’ll again become the dangerous power presence that he was in 2010 and a portion of 2011.

“[Being sent down] has crossed my mind,” Davis told The New York Post. “But even if they do send me down, I know I’ll be back. [But] I’m not going to think about it. If I get sent down, I get sent down. I’m starting to swing the bat a lot better and I’m still leading the team in home runs. I’ve hit some balls hard lately and haven’t gotten hits, and that’s all I can do.”

The 25-year-old slugger does lead the club with five home runs, but was hitting just .167 entering Thursday’s contest against the Reds.

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