Ike departs with strained right oblique

August, 31, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- Ike Davis clutched his right side on a third-inning swing and departed Saturday night's game against the Washington Nationals.

Now the question becomes: Was that Davis' last plate appearance as a Met?

Davis produced a sacrifice fly on the play, but clearly was uncomfortable as he walked back to the dugout with trainer Ray Ramirez. He was replaced the following half-inning at first base by Lucas Duda.

The Mets subsequently announced Davis had a strained right oblique.

Because side-muscle injuries often take time, Davis' injury to that region may end his season, and likely would be a big boon to the lefty-hitting Duda's playing time. Duda presumably would share time at first base with righty-hitting Josh Satin.

Duda entered Saturday with only one start and seven plate appearances since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas last Saturday.

If Davis has a prolonged absence, it makes even more murky what his future holds with the organization. Davis, again eligible for arbitration this offseason, is making $3.125 million in 2013. While not a clear-cut non-tender candidate, a trade or cutting him loose in December undoubtedly would have to be internally debated.

Davis is hitting .267 with four homers and 17 RBIs in 48 games (38 starts) since rejoining the Mets.

"He went down and he worked on his plate discipline. He's gotten on base," Terry Collins said. "One of the things that obviously I think has somewhat happened -- I don't think he's gotten a lot of pitches to hit. Everybody still knows he's very dangerous when he goes up there, and I think they're very careful with him. And he's been good enough that he's taken the walks. He hasn't tried to go outside the zone and do anything."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
11 3.85 125 161
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .299
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 69
RD. Murphy 70
OPSL. Duda .841
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.48
SOZ. Wheeler 148