Construction is under way on the bringing-in-the-fences project at Citi Field. That news brought a smile to the face of Ike Davis Wednesday as the Mets first baseman made an appearance to model the team's revamped uniforms for its 50th anniversary season.
Of more importance to Davis, however, is that he was able to walk freely up to the podium with David Wright and Lucas Duda. Davis, who missed most of last season after suffering a freakish ankle injury in a collision with Wright on a pop-up, said he is 100 percent healed and is looking forward to spring training.
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Davis said he was "two days away" from deciding to have surgery last summer when the ankle -- which he at one point said had a "dented bone" -- was slow to heal. He decided against it and is working out at a facility near his Arizona home.
"I would have been still in a cast, or a boot, and not walking," Davis said. "I would have been way behind for spring training. It would have affected my season, for next year. And now, it's not going to. So I'm really excited."
Davis, 24, hit .302 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs in 36 games before the injury suffered May 10 at Coors Field. At the time, Davis thought he was going to miss a few days. Now, he's happy to be able to think about being ready for the first spring training game after putting 10 pounds of muscle back on his 6-4 frame.
"Feels like I haven't played baseball in a long time," he said. "So I'm pretty antsy to get back and play the full season next year."
Also feeling healthy is Duda, the hulking rightfielder who suffered a concussion on Sept. 21 and missed the last week of the season. Duda said his headaches didn't clear up until late last month.
Davis and Duda should provide nice lefthanded power to wrap around Wright, assuming the third baseman isn't traded this offseason. Wright, who does not have a no-trade clause, said he expects to be with the team when the season starts.
Wright also said he has exchanged text messages with free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes, who is said to be looking for more than $100 million on a multiyear deal.
"It seems like Jose is in good spirits," Wright said. "And why wouldn't you be?"