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Mets morning briefing 8.12.11

Ex-Yankee Ian Kennedy won his seventh straight start as the Mets lost to Arizona, 4-3, to drop two games under .500 for the first time since June 24.

Saturday's news reports:

Mike Pelfrey tells Mike Puma in the Post: "It's unrealistic for anybody at the end of last year to come in and say, 'The Mets, this is a one-year thing, next year we're going to win it all.' It's unrealistic."

Puma then quoted an anonymous teammate saying: "He's cutting his own throat. What's his record, six and nine? He's supposed to be the ace of the (bleeping) staff. Why don't you go and win 12 or 13 games?"

Pelfrey added: "The way this year has gone, (the fans) probably don't want me back. ... This organization is headed in the right direction. The front office has done a lot of smart things, and in the end this organization is going to have a chance to be in the playoffs every year."

Ike Davis, who is spending the weekend with the team in his native Arizona after getting an outside medical option with Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte on Tuesday, said Labor Day is the rough cutoff for whether to have surgery on his ailing left ankle, although he would prefer a resolution sooner. Davis predicted a while back to ESPNNewYork.com that surgery was inevitable. He noted there are two options -- an arthroscopic procedure and a more invasive microfracture procedure that creates tiny cracks to stimulate blood flow and cartilage regeneration.

"They would have to go in and see by scoping it," said Davis, who was injured in a May 10 collision by the mound with David Wright in Denver. "They might not do the microfracture. It might just be that I have a flap of cartilage or something in there they can fix without doing it. I'd rather not have surgery. I would like to avoid it. But the waiting and rehabbing just to have surgery, it would be nice to just get it done if I have to get it done. The waiting game is kind of getting old." No matter what, Davis said, he likely will always feel something in the ankle for the duration of his career.

Read more in the Star-Ledger, Record and Newsday.

Justin Turner's action on the road trip will be limited by a right quadriceps/hip flexor injury suffered when Florida's Logan Morrison slid into him while Turner attempted to turn a double play two weeks ago. "He's playing through some things that a lot of guys wouldn't play with," Terry Collins said. Read more in Newsday.

• One bright note: Jason Bay went 3-for-4. He's hitting .415 (22-for-53) since July 28 and has driven in 13 runs in his past 18 games. But Dillon Gee allowed four extra-base hits (a homer and three doubles) as Arizona raced to an early 4-0 lead en route to the victory. Gee is 2-3 with a 5.44 ERA in his past seven starts. Ex-Met Xavier Nady suffered a fractured left hand getting hit by a pitch from Gee. Read game stories in Newsday, the Star-Ledger, Daily News, Times and Record.

R.A. Dickey (@RADickey43) has joined Twitter.

Angel Pagan went 2-for-5 atop the lineup after returning from back spasms. He missed one start.

Andrew Keh in the Times notes Wright's sizzling production upon returning from the disabled list has considerably slowed. Writes Keh:

When he returned, he dug himself out of that rut with a scorching performance over the course of a 10-game road trip last month. He was 20-for-44 for a .454 average and had two home runs and 12 runs batted in. But a return home seemed to cool his bat considerably. Over the next nine games at Citi Field at the start of this month, Wright was 8-for-35, with one home run and six RBIs. ... “Well, I was assuming I wouldn’t hit .450 for the year,” said Wright, who was batting .271 with 9 homers and 36 RBIs going into Friday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Wright said he was not feeling different at the plate, mentally or physically, than he had in the middle of July. The statistical discrepancy, he said, was a combination of variable luck -- balls that once dropped in for hits were being caught -- and the law of averages taking hold.

BIRTHDAYS: Jon Switzer, who appeared in four games in relief for the Mets two seasons ago, turns 32.