Sunday, May 26, 2013
Alderson weighs in on Ike, demotion talk
By Adam Rubin
Sandy Alderson, who a week ago discouraged chatter of an Ike Davis demotion being imminent, did not sound as convincing before Sunday’s series finale against the Atlanta Braves.
Davis clearly is on thin ice, and a demotion would not be surprising at any point now.
“He had a base hit yesterday in the first game,” Alderson said Sunday afternoon. “We saw that as a plus. We’ll see whether he’s able to build on that. From our standpoint, we look at what he was able to do last year, getting through this kind of situation. Some of the circumstances are a little different. We’re not playing nearly as well now as we were at that time last year. That tends to focus a lot more attention on him. So that’s something that has to be taken into account.
“But, you know, from our standpoint, whatever we do, it will be with a view toward getting him back here, or back to his level of performance, as soon as we can -- whether that’s here over the next few games or somewhere else, if it comes to that. The goal here is to get Ike back to the player we know he can be.”
Asked if the short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium later in the week might be a reason to keep Davis around until the Subway Series shifts to the Bronx on Wednesday, Alderson did not identify that as a priority.
“I would imagine, as I sit here -- and believe me I’ve done this -- we can conjure up all kinds of pros and cons,” Alderson said about keeping Davis in the majors. “The biggest pro is that he was able to turn it around last year. The biggest con is that we don’t have the luxury of no production out of that spot because we’re not getting production out of a lot of spots.”
As for when he might pull the trigger on a demotion, Alderson said: “I can honestly say there hasn’t been a deadline. Things can change from day to day. … This is not science. There are lots of people who think we should have sent him out a long time ago. There are people who think he ought to stay. Again, it’s not a perfect science. So we’ll see what continues to evolve.”