PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Ike Davis sported a new accessory in the clubhouse on Monday morning: a walking boot on his right foot.
Davis, whose calf strain has kept him out of the Grapefruit League lineup for more than a week, said the boot will keep the lower leg immobilized and hopefully speed up the healing. The extent of the injury has caught Davis off guard since he merely has felt "tightness."
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Davis has yet to get an MRI, but said: "I'm sure we'll do that at some point."
With exactly three weeks until Opening Day, Davis suggested he has more than enough time to prepare for the season. Still, if the injury lingers much longer, the Mets' first-base decision may be resolved by default, with Lucas Duda and Josh Satin platooning because Davis opens the season on the DL.
Duda went Monday morning to hit in a cage for the first time since suffering a left hamstring injury last Monday.
"It's just a walking boot," Davis said. "Nothing crazy happened. ... Hopefully I'll get two weeks of games in before the season starts. I can still get a lot of ABs."
Of course, Davis has been fitted for a boot before, with dire results. After colliding with David Wright in Colorado on May 10, 2011, Davis was fitted for a boot for what was originally believed to be a minor injury. In reality, Mets personnel subsequently acknowledged, the boot restricted circulation and stalled healing of what was a more severe injury than originally diagnosed. Davis ended up not returning that season.
Entering this spring training, Terry Collins had wanted to get Davis as many as 100 exhibition-game plate appearances to try to offset recent slow starts to seasons. Davis said dryly that maybe not getting a lot of at-bats will prove beneficial in the end.
"I've gotten a lot of work before and started off slow," Davis said. "... So who knows?"
Davis said he spoke up early about the injury so he did not completely blow it out and miss a prolonged period of time.
"I want to play. Obviously I could have went out there and blown out and dealt with more articles about not saying it's hurt," said Davis, alluding to an early camp hullabaloo resulting from the Post reporting that Davis concealed an oblique injury from the team for months last season.
Davis actually has issues with both calves, which he believes originated in the weightroom. The right one is more severe.
"It hasn't been painful," Davis said. "That's the weird thing. It just felt tight."