Ike Davis loosens up. (May 5, 2012)

Ike Davis loosens up. (May 5, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

TORONTO — As much as Terry Collins tried to put a more benign spin on Ike Davis taking a seat for Friday’s series opener at Rogers Centre, there was no disguising the bottom line: He wasn’t in the lineup.

It made sense for a number of reasons. The Mets were facing a difficult lefthander, the Blue Jays’ Ricky Romero, and Davis entered Friday batting .164. But what it means for the struggling Davis is the real question if he is unable to pull out of this prolonged funk anytime soon.

“Our team is so young, we talk about it every day, breaking down the confidence level,” Collins said. “[If] we don’t believe in them anymore or we don’t trust them or we don’t have any faith in them, they can lose faith in themselves. It’s human nature.”

Collins denied that Davis is part of a platoon — Justin Turner started Friday at first base — and insisted Davis would be in the lineup Monday against Pirates lefthander Erik Bedard.

...As Chris Young inches closer to his first start for Triple-A Buffalo, which might be next week, Miguel Batista has earned himself an extended stay in the rotation. Batista starts Saturday against his former team...Jason Bay, who shagged fly balls during Friday’s early workout, is taking light swings off a tee and could graduate to batting practice when the Mets travel to Pittsburgh next week...Josh Thole (concussion) has been limited to cardio workouts but might head to Port St. Lucie on Monday for more advanced drills.

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