SAN FRANCISCO -- The Mets remain hopeful that Ike Davis can avoid surgery on his damaged left ankle after the injured first baseman did some limited treadmill running the past two days. With the help of a weight-bearing harness, a device that helped soften the impact, Davis ran without reporting any problems.
Terry Collins said the device took 45 pounds off Thursday and 35 pounds Friday with the aim of getting him to run without help next week. That remains the crucial test for Davis, who may have to opt for microfracture surgery for the bone bruise if it does not improve significantly.
"The ankle's responding very, very well," Collins said. "No discomfort. And of course the big challenge will be next week, when it's 100 percent, when he gets on the ground and starts running on it. But obviously, the last two days have been very large."
Wright rehab close?
Collins said he had tried to get in touch with David Wright to get a better idea of his schedule, which could have him playing in rehab games shortly after the All-Star break. Wright's progress seemed to have slowed in the past week as the Mets moved cautiously with his recovering back, but they have been undeterred by the process.
"Until I talk to him," Collins said, "I want to see where he's at and what his thoughts are."
Johan Santana, whose Thursday bullpen session was delayed by rain, was able to throw Friday in Port St. Lucie. That should set him up for the next step in his rehab. "The report was that he felt great," Collins said . . . Collins said he has yet to set up his rotation for the second half.