- Adam Rubin, ESPN Staff Writer
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MILWAUKEE -- Ike Davis did not experience nerves in his return to the majors after a nearly month-long demotion.
“I was too tired to be jittery,” Davis said, referring to his 5 a.m. wake-up calls on consecutive days for commercial flights. “I’ve gotten 10 hours of sleep in the last two days. A lot of traveling.”
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“It’s just one game, obviously, but I’m squaring the ball up better. You can tell,” Davis said. “I’m seeing it a little better. But it’s still one game. We’ve got a long time to go and a lot of uphill battles to climb.”
Davis said his first run-scoring single was emblematic of his recovery. He was down 0-2 in the count to Brewers rookie Johnny Hellweg before fouling off a pair of pitches and then sending a slow trickler to shortstop for a run-scoring infield single. Not that it was an impressive hit on the surface. But, Davis noted: “I think if I was 0-2 or 1-2 earlier in the season, I would have swung and missed at that pitch.”
Said Terry Collins: “He obviously looked much better at the plate. He laid off a lot of pitches that at the beginning of the season he was swinging at. So it’s obvious he’s see the ball a lot better. He’s a lot more comfortable in the batter’s box. ...
“He’s not overswinging. You can just see his swing, he’s calmed everything down. All of his actions are calmed down. Even the bat speed -- he’s shorter to the ball than he was early. Even though a lot of the things look similar, there’s a couple of major things that he’s obviously made adjustments at. And he looks good.”
Davis said the promotion does feel “a little bit” like a fresh start.
Still, he added: “It’s still not fun to see .160, or whatever is on the scoreboard. But I’ve got a lot of time and I can make things up in a hurry. ... Leaving on a bad note and coming back on a good note, it’s nice. Hopefully I can continue this and make up some ground.”
Davis reiterated the demotion turned out to be beneficial.
“Obviously I wish I could have done it here,” Davis said. “But it’s hard to really work on stuff here because you need to win right away. You kind of couldn’t do anything.
“My first six games down there, when I was working on stuff, I was terrible. But it was easier to do that because I wasn’t blowing the Mets’ season. I was able to strike out or swing at a bad pitch and try something new without having first and second with two outs and [facing] the nasty closer or the nasty lefty. And if I don’t get a hit here it’s just a snowball effect.
“It’s nice to go down there and get better, at least. Just a little more room to fail and find out what I need to do.”