It doesn’t take a medical degree to know that the walking boot currently sported by Ike Davis foreshadows a troubled early season for the Mets’ oft-injured first baseman.
Davis has not played in an exhibition since March 2 due to calf strains in both legs. He’s said the right is a little worse than the left.
Ike Davis hit a long two-run homer, and prospects Rafael Montero and Jacob DeGrom combined to throw four perfect innings.
Otherwise, the Mets will be stuck with a guy who can’t hit, doesn’t like talking to his superiors about injuries and squawks when his hiding of them hits the newspapers and websites.
“As I look back now, everything would have been better off had he said something,” Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday.
The first baseman was particularly upset about the insinuation that he was going out of his way to disguise or hide the injury for selfish reasons, saying that players play hurt all the time.
“There’s a joke in there somewhere — if he takes a swing at me, he might miss,” Mike Puma of the New York Post said Monday on the “Boomer & Carton” show.
While some Yankees fans engaged themselves in some minor hand-wringing over Masahiro Tanaka’s middle-distance running capabilities, just as many Mets fans wondered why on earth Ike Davis is still on the roster.
“They’re in a situation like, ‘Well, heck, we may have to keep him now,'” Ron Davis said. “If you would have done it quietly and said, ‘Hey, well people called us, we didn’t call them,’ then you could have something to say.”
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Drew, who is represented by agent Scott Boras, declined Boston’s one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer in November. New York would have to surrender only its third-round pick if it signed Drew.
The 40-year-old had an excellent campaign for the A’s in 2013. The free-agent pitcher went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA in 190 1/3 innings over 30 starts. He struck out 117 and issued 29 walks.
The Mets did not offer contracts to pitchers Jeremy Hefner and Scott Atchison, infielders Omar Quintanilla and Justin Turner, and utility man Jordany Valdespin, making the five free agents.
“I’m staring at my board right now,” Alderson said. “In the outfield category, I’ve got seven guys on my board who are free agents — varying degrees of quality. In the trade category just as an example, I’ve got four, five — nine. Those are guys we talked about internally. They range from A+ to C+.”