Saturday, May 18, 2013
Alderson: Davis demotion not imminent
By Adam Rubin
CHICAGO -- Ike Davis and Sandy Alderson met Saturday, and the GM told Davis a demotion is not imminent, both men said.
Davis said he did not get a specific time period during which things must improve in order to avoid being shipped to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Alderson, asked if Davis had a “significant amount of leeway or this is going to come to a head,” told ESPNNewYork.com: “Everything comes to a head at some point.”
Davis went 0-for-4 with an error in Saturday’s 8-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
About his chat with Davis, Alderson said, “The important message was: Let’s stop focusing on the results and just start working on having good at-bats. For me, I thought his at-bats were a little bit better today.”
ESPNNewYork.com wrote late Friday night:
Although Ike Davis snapped an 0-for-24 skid Friday in a 3-2 win against the Chicago Cubs, the internal discussion about potentially demoting the first baseman has only intensified, ESPNNewYork.com has learned.
In fact, Davis might not have much more than the weekend series at Wrigley Field to show enough to stave off a demotion, according to a team source. The front office is said to be more eager to demote Davis than manager Terry Collins, who fought for Davis to remain at the major league level last season.
One telltale sign a change might be coming: Andrew Brown played first base Friday with Triple-A Las Vegas after previously playing only outfield for the 51s this season.
Said Davis about a demotion: “Me and Sandy talked about it today, and right now it’s not in the future. But in any job, if you don’t do it, you know what it is. But right now there’s no process of it.
It’s not like going to be a three-game tryout. Once again, I’ll probably have a month or whatever to figure it out. Then they’ve got to do what they’ve got to do. It’s not a day-to-day thing. As long as I start having good at-bats and start performing better, it won’t happen.”
Davis said the month he cited in the above quote was not something Alderson explicitly stated and acknowledged he was unsure just how long he might have.
Brown would not be eligible to return from the minors until Friday at the earliest, for a weekend series against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. He must spend 10 days in the minors after being demoted when Rick Ankiel joined the team in St. Louis.
Collins indicated Justin Turner would likely start at first base on Sunday against left-hander Travis Wood, with center fielder Juan Lagares and catcher Anthony Recker also in the lineup.
Davis had an error Saturday but said he does not believe any offensive issues are carrying over to the field.
“I’m still playing pretty good defense,” Davis said.
Davis -- who had been returned to the cleanup spot for the past week -- said he did not believe pressure from the threat of a demotion had been weighing on him before the conversation with Alderson.
“Not really,” Davis said. “I felt really good today. I just missed the barrel a couple of times and missed hitting a couple of home runs today. I missed driving a ball to left field.”
Said Collins: “He had some better at-bats. I thought the last game in St. Louis especially he swung the bat better. Today he hit a couple of balls off the end.
“When you don’t get hits, it’s pretty tough to say he’s had a successful week, but has he made strides? Yeah, I think he has. But we’ve got to get some hits in there.”