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Ike Davis returns to NY for exam by Mets doctors

Ike Davis of the Mets hits a two-run

Ike Davis of the Mets hits a two-run sixth-inning triple against the Washington Nationals. (Apr. 9, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Ike Davis is headed back to New York today to be examined by team doctors after suffering what the Mets described as a left calf strain in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Rockies.

Davis was injured in a collision with David Wright when they both converged on a pop-up in front of the pitcher's mound during the fourth inning. Davis finished that inning at first base, but was replaced by Daniel Murphy when the Mets took the field in the bottom of the fifth.

The first baseman initially believed he had suffered a sprained ankle, or maybe a strained Achilles tendon, but was told otherwise by the Mets' training staff. Late Tuesday, Davis said he might even try to play today -- the game already has been postponed by rain -- but the Mets took the conservative route and chose to send him to New York.

The cautious approach with Davis, as well as a number of injuries this season, shows a big shift in the way such things are handled by the new Mets' front office. In past years, the team would drag its feet on such issues, resulting in longer recovery time and a short roster.

In one of the more egregious cases, the Mets refused to send Johan Santana back to New York for more tests after injuring his shoulder in Atlanta last season. Even worse, they let him throw a side session in Chicago without a team doctor checking him first. Shortly afterward, he wound up on the disabled list with season-ending shoulder surgery to follow.

Whatever happens with Davis, today's handling of his situation is a further indication that things have improved for the better.

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