Struggling Ike Davis sits against Phillies lefty Cliff Lee

Ike Davis sings while working out before a Ike Davis sings while working out before a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (March 1, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Mets expect struggling Ike Davis to return to the lineup for Wednesday night's series finale against the Phillies.

Mets manager Terry Collins held Davis out during last night's 8-3 loss.

The manager said he wanted an opportunity to get Justin Turner's bat into the lineup. However, Davis' track record against Phillies lefty Cliff Lee made the move easy. He is just 1-for-11 lifetime against Lee, who pitched into the ninth inning.

Davis is hitting .136 with one home run.

"The one thing that made him very good in spring training is the fact that he went from leftfield and centerfield so much," Collins said. "He took a lot of base hits up the middle, a lot of base hits to left-center. We've got to get him back to doing that because that makes him dangerous when he can hit the ball the other way."

However, hitting coach Dave Hudgens doesn't think Davis is far from finding his swing. "It's a matter of getting some balls to fall in," Hudgens said.

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Less is more for Murph

Perhaps the strained intercostal that forced second baseman Daniel Murphy to miss almost all of spring training turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Despite limited at-bats in the spring, Murphy has started the season as one of the Mets' hottest hitters. Murphy went 2-for-4 last night, raising his average to .333.

Murphy has earned a reputation for working long hours in the batting cage -- sometimes to his detriment. But after suffering the intercostal strain early in spring training, Collins said Murphy has cut down on his workload, perhaps to his own benefit.

Said Collins: "It's kept this guy from working himself to death."

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