Ike Davis injury: Mets place 1B in walking boot

Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets are optimistic that Davis will be ready when they open the season in three weeks.

Ike Davis was "agitated" about reports that he hid injuries from the Mets in 2013 in order to stay on the field. He didn't want to use the injuries he sustained last season as an excuse for his disappointing season. According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, the first baseman could be off to a similar start in 2014.

The Mets have "booted" Davis because of a calf strain that has kept him out of the team's spring lineup for more than a week.

The walking boot is intended to speed up recovery time by keeping Davis' lower leg immobilized.

The 26-year-old slugger had a disappointing 2013 at the plate as well after hitting 32 home runs and driving in 90 in 156 games in 2012. In his four-year big league career, Davis has averaged 110 games per season.

If he misses any time to begin the year, New York is likely to turn to Lucas Duda to replace him.

Davis suggested that the boot wasn't a significant concern.

"It's just a walking boot. Nothing crazy happened. Hopefully I'll get two weeks of games in before the season starts. I can still get a lot of ABs. I've gotten a lot of work before and started off slow. 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"

Sorry, Ike.

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