MILWAUKEE -- A weary Ike Davis strolled into the Mets' clubhouse Friday for the first time in nearly a month, and it took him mere moments to get comfortable.
"Shalom everybody,'' Davis said before going 3-for-5 with a walk and a pair of RBIs in a 12-5 victory over the Brewers.
Davis returned from his exile in Triple-A Las Vegas with a retooled swing, one that looked noticeably different. Though his familiar hitch remained, the rest of his swing appeared quieter, allowing him to stay under control. "Right now, tonight, he looks like a different hitter than before he left,'' Terry Collins said.
Back in the cleanup spot, Davis walked, knocked in a run with an infield single and ripped a single to right. He then struck out and lined to right before adding another run-scoring hit.
Perhaps most importantly, Davis showed improvement in recognizing pitches. He said, "It's just one game but I'm squaring the ball better, you can tell.''
Davis, 26, was hitting .161 with five homers in 55 games with the Mets before his demotion. After about a week in the minors, he caught fire, punching his ticket out of the desert by hitting .293 with seven homers and 13 RBIs. In 21 games, he had an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of 1.091.
Davis' return displaces Josh Satin, who is hitting .353 in 18 games while seeing time at first base. Collins expressed a desire to find places to use Satin, even if it means moving the 28-year-old to the outfield. Satin has been particularly strong against lefties.
Righthanded reliever Gonzalez Germen was sent down to make room on the roster for Davis, who began his journey at 5 a.m. to arrive in Milwaukee in time for the game. Said Davis: "Today was a good day.''