DENVER -- On a night when thunderstorms rocked Coors Field, the most frightful sight for the Mets was seeing Ike Davis floored by David Wright in a fourth-inning collision that might result in the first baseman landing on the disabled list.
Wright got his legs tangled up with Davis while the two chased a pop-up in front of the mound, and after Davis left the game, the Mets announced that he had suffered a strained left calf. The injury typically requires a DL stint, and if Davis is lost, that has bigger implications than the Mets' 4-3 victory Tuesday night over the Rockies.
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Afterward, Davis limped around the clubhouse wearing a protective boot on his left foot. Initially, he believed he had twisted his ankle, then thought it was a strained Achilles. But the Mets trainers described it as a calf strain, and Davis hoped -- perhaps unrealistically -- that he could even play in Wednesday's series finale.
"I'm hoping I play tomorrow, to tell you the truth," Davis said. "I'll take some anti-inflammatories and hope the swelling goes down a little bit, and wrap it up and play. Depending on how it feels in the morning, that's really what we can go by."
Davis said that he was in serious pain after the game, and usually, that gets worse the next morning. Manager Terry Collins refused to speculate on how long Davis might be out, but the first baseman won't take the field if he's too limited. Collins still planned to give Wright Wednesday off, and with Davis presumably out, Daniel Murphy will be at first base, Justin Turner at third and maybe Willie Harris at second.
"The only way I'm going to get off the field is if I'm going to hurt the team," Davis said. "The way I was moving over at first, I wasn't going to be able to cover anything, and until I can actually move around and not feel like I'm going to be a detriment, I can't play."
Davis' injury overshadowed a second straight positive outing for Mike Pelfrey, who allowed six hits and three runs -- all solo homers -- in 62/3 innings before his night was cut short by lightning and driving rain. Pelfrey (3-3) got a big assist from the bullpen as three relievers handled the post-delay duties, including Francisco Rodriguez, who converted his 10th straight save opportunity.
"The command of his sinker, it's starting to come back for him," Collins said of Pelfrey. "He's confident with what he's got going right now and I think he's going to give us some real good outings."
The game was stopped by thunderstorms with two outs in the seventh and a 2-and-2 count to Dexter Fowler. During the 50-minute delay, the Mets announced that Davis had been removed because of the calf strain.
The team did not mention the severity of the injury, but it's possible that Davis is headed to the 15-day DL. General manager Sandy Alderson has acted quickly on injury-related roster issues and this would appear to
After Pelfrey served up solo homers to Troy Tulowitzki and Seth Smith that tied the score at 2 in the second inning, he helped himself in the fourth by smacking the go-ahead double off Rockies starter Jason Hammel.
With two outs, Ronny Paulino hit an infield single off Hammel's left leg and Jason Pridie walked. Given the big RBI shot, Pelfrey -- a .113 career hitter -- hacked at the first pitch for a two-run double into the right-centerfield gap. It was Pelfrey's third career double and brought his career RBI total to 11.
"I'm terrible at the plate," Pelfrey said. "I went up there and thought, Hey I'm going to swing at the first pitch and luckily it was up. I couldn't get around in time and luckily found a gap."
Pelfrey's pivotal hit also was the Mets' third with runners in scoring position for the night, lifting their average in those situations from .218 to .223.
Davis had developed into one of the Mets' most irreplaceable players this season, along with Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran. He is hitting .302 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs. He is also batting .325 (13-for-40) with runners in scoring position.
The Mets already had concerns about Wright, who is nursing a back injury, and the medical situation got worse when Davis had to leave.
In the fourth, with one out, Tulowitzki hit a high pop-up in front of the pitcher's mound and it looked as if Pelfrey was thinking about catching the ball himself. Instead, he stayed put, and Wright and Davis came racing in from their corners of the infield.
"It was really high, right in the middle, and me and David both had a long way to run for it," Davis said. "We both were calling at the same time, so we didn't hear each other call for it. We didn't really collide that hard. I just kind of rolled my ankle or something. That was it."
Davis crumpled to the ground as Wright made the catch. Pelfrey immediately signaled for trainer Mike Herbst, but after a brief examination, Davis limped back to his position, but not for long.
"It's one of those freak plays where we just happened to call it at the same time and there's really nothing you can do about it," Wright said. "I wish we would have just ran into each other and not him step on me and hurt himself."
The night got off to a good start for the Mets when they took a 2-0 lead in the first, thanks to some uncharacteristic timely hitting. In the previous eight games, the Mets were batting .143 (11-for-77) with runners in scoring position, but they had two hits in those situations in the first inning alone.
After Reyes' leadoff double, Murphy poked a single to leftfield that put runners at first and third. Wright whiffed and a walk to Beltran loaded the bases for Davis, who followed with a two-run single to centerfield.