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Ike Davis does limited treadmill work

Ike Davis #29 of the New York Mets

Ike Davis #29 of the New York Mets gets left on base after his two RBI single off of starting pitcher Jason Hammel #46 of the Colorado Rockies. (May 10, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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.”

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