Slumping First Baseman Expected Back In Lineup Monday

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Ike Davis to Triple-A? Don’t count on it.

At least not yet.

The Mets are going to give their struggling first baseman some time to turn things around. General manager Sandy Alderson told Davis on Saturday that a demotion isn’t imminent, despite the infielder’s .156 average.

“It’s not going to be like a three-game tryout,” Davis said. “Once again, probably have a month or whatever to figure it out and then they’ve got to do what they’ve got to do. It’s not a day-to-day thing. As long as I keep cool, start having good at-bats and start performing better it won’t happen.”

Davis sat out of Sunday’s win after going 0-for-4 against the Cubs on Saturday. He’s expected to return to the lineup Monday night against Cincinnati Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto.

Davis is mired in a 1-for-30 slump, and reports said Mets brass had intensified discussions regarding a demotion heading into the weekend.

The 26-year-old has two doubles, four home runs and nine RBIs on the season.

“In any job, if you don’t do it, you know what it is,” said Davis.

Davis rebounded last season after batting .169 through May. He finished with just a .227 average, but had 32 home runs and 90 RBIs in 2012.

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