First baseman and trade candidate Ike Davis did not tell the Mets about an oblique injury he had during his poor 2013 season because "the timing was bad," he told the New York Post on Sunday.
But he walked back the severity of the injury during an agitated interview session with reporters on Monday morning.
Several reports indicated a loud discussion between Davis and the Post reporter as teammates and media members looked on.
After the exchange, Davis held court at his locker and said the oblique was tight for a few months, but emphasized that he was not making excuses for his 2013 performance.
"It shouldn't have been a story anyway," Davis said. "That's what we talked about it before [the author] wrote it, was we shouldn't write this 'cause it doesn't matter. But that was nowhere in the article."
Despite having issues with the muscle since mid-May, Davis said he did not want to be seen as trying to make excuses for his poor performance.
"I [stunk] last year because I [stunk]," Davis said. "It's not because I had an injury. You always have injuries."
Davis said the oblique injury was not a reason for his poor play.
His comments in Sunday's article, however, suggested a more serious injury.
"I thought about saying, 'Hey, I would like to take a couple of weeks off, because I'm not feeling great,'" Davis said in the article. "But then the timing was bad and it was when I was getting sent down. It would have been a great time, but it looks bad and I just can't say that."
Davis was hitting .161 with a .242 on-base percentage on June 9 before getting sent to Triple-A Las Vegas for nearly a month. He hit .267 with a .429 OBP in 48 games following his return to the majors. But his season ended when the oblique "popped" while hitting a sacrifice fly during a game against the Nationals on Aug. 31.
General Manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins seemed unaware of the initial injury.
"I probably should have said something earlier, but what are you going to do?" Davis said in the article. "I wanted to play better, I didn't want to come out. If I was hitting .380, I probably would have been like, 'Maybe I should let this cool down so I don't miss [extensive] time,' but when you're hitting .200, you can't take weeks off.
"It wasn't to the point I couldn't swing. It would hurt the first couple of swings pretty bad in practice, but if I just got it loose it was better. But, yea, it was just bad timing."
Davis' media session from Monday morning can be heard below.
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