NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Ike Davis is taking issue with a report in the New York Post that says the embattled first baseman hid an oblique injury from Mets brass while he was struggling last season.
Davis addressed the issue from the team’s spring training complex in Port St. Lucie on Monday, directly confronting Post reporter Mike Puma.
“You made it look like, you know, it’s an excuse,” Davis said. “That’s not what the story — it shouldn’t have been a story anyway. Because that’s what we talked about before you wrote it, was we shouldn’t write this, because that doesn’t matter. But that was nowhere in the article.”
On Twitter, several beat reporters described Davis, whose quotes formed the basis of Puma’s report, as appearing agitated. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com wrote that the infielder’s teammates were “staring gape-mouthed” at the scene. Audio of the exchange quickly surfaced on MetsBlog.com.
“It’s just an overblown thing,” Davis said. “Everyone has injuries and they get hurt, so it was pointless to write an article. I sucked last year because I sucked. It’s not because I had an injury.”
Puma later appeared on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show to defend his account and fired back with a zinger.
“There’s a joke in there somewhere — if he takes a swing at me, he might miss,” Puma said of Davis. “He’s not happy. He’s not happy with the story.”