"God, being in your apartment by yourself all day is not fun," the first baseman said Monday. "So it's good to see people."
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Davis' teammates were a welcome sight, given that he hadn't seen any of them since flying to New York from Colorado on Wednesday. Davis, the team's early-season most valuable player, got hurt while colliding with David Wright as the two tracked down a pop-up in the Mets' win over the Rockies last Tuesday.
Davis' injury initially was diagnosed as a strained left calf, but after an MRI and an examination by team physician Struan Coleman, it was described as a left ankle sprain and bone bruise.
"It's still a little stiff, and just from spraining it, that's what's going to happen," said Davis, who three days ago ditched the walking boot/air cast he was forced to wear. "The next couple of days, I'll be fine."
Good enough, he thinks, to be available when he's eligible to be reinstated off the 15-day disabled list May 26, even though he's walking with a slight limp at the moment. The plan is for him to continue his rehab down in Florida -- he was scheduled to fly there Monday night and head to the team's complex in Port St. Lucie -- and begin doing more than the strengthening exercises and icing he's done the past few days at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
"The advantage of Florida is we have the rehab capacity as well as the opportunity to have people play in a rehab assignment there at Port St. Lucie," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "But you do need to distinguish between using the rehab facility and then playing in games on a rehab assignment. Ike's not ready to do that just yet."
Davis was red-hot before going down, leading the Mets with seven homers, 25 RBIs and a .383 on-base percentage.
"It's not like I'm missing two months, where it's like I'd be clueless," Davis said. "But I wouldn't mind having a couple of ABs or hitting a little bit before I play up here again."
The Mets will continue to count on Daniel Murphy to play first base.
"You always want to be out there," Davis said. "You miss the guys and miss the competition, and especially when you are winning, you want to be out there. I'll be in Florida and hopefully, they'll just keep winning. And then I'll come back and then we'll be in first place. That'd be awesome."
Notes & quotes: Alderson said Jenrry Mejia's Tommy John surgery, performed by team physician Dr. David Altchek, "went extremely well. There was a clean tear and the elbow looked clean other than the injury.'' . . . Chris Young had surgery Monday on his right shoulder to repair a tear in his anterior capsule. There was fraying in his rotator cuff, but Alderson said he was told that surgery went well . . . Mets minor-league pitcher Edgar Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games after a positive test for Methylhexaneamine, the commissioner's office said.With AP