DENVER -- Ike Davis, the Mets' early-season MVP, will be lost for a minimum of two weeks and probably longer after he was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a left ankle sprain and bone bruise.
Davis hurt himself in a collision with David Wright as the two converged on a pop-up during the fourth inning of Tuesday night's 4-3 win over the Rockies. He initially was diagnosed with a strained left calf, but that changed after Davis had an MRI and was examined by team physician Struan Coleman in New York.
"The bruise is in the ankle joint," assistant general manager John Ricco said, "and the bruise was responsible for the pain in his calf. It was radiating up into the calf right after the injury, but the MRI showed that it's a sprain.
"Each injury on its own they said wasn't too bad, but the combination of them, it's clearly a DL. So right now, it's at least two weeks, and we hope it's not too much longer than that. But I think it's a little too early to predict."
Davis, Wright and Jose Reyes were the only three players to start each of the first 36 games. But Davis stood alone offensively, leading the team in home runs (seven), RBIs (25) and on-base percentage (.383) entering Thursday's game.
He also was hitting .333 (13-for-39) with runners in scoring position, and when his defensive ability is added to that mix, Davis' absence creates a significant void.
"It's big," manager Terry Collins said. "It's huge. His production is going to be sorely missed. The guy is leading the club in RBIs by a long way and we're going to miss his power."
The injury to Davis, 24, also means Daniel Murphy, who finally had claimed the second- base job, will be moved back to first on an interim basis. When Murphy began last season on the disabled list, it was Davis who eventually filled that opening.
"Somebody is going to have to pick him up and it's going to be Dan Murphy," Collins said. "We realize that had Dan not hurt his knee last year, who knows what would have happened."
Murphy will be backed up by Justin Turner. Outfielder Fernando Martinez, another lefthanded hitter with power, was recalled Thursday from Triple-A Buffalo to take Davis' roster spot. Martinez popped up as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning against the Rockies Thursday.
Young opts for surgery
Chris Young will have surgery Monday to repair the torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder, a non-arthroscopic procedure that will end his season and likely his Mets career. Young, who signed a one-year, $1.1-million deal, was diagnosed with the injury Monday, but after going the non-surgical rehab route last season in San Diego, he opted to get it fixed this time.
Angel Pagan, who has been on the DL since April 22 with a strained oblique, has yet to resume baseball activities in Port St. Lucie, meaning his return is at least another two weeks away . . . Bobby Parnell allowed a three-run homer to Jesus Montero, the Yankees' top catching prospect, in Thursday's relief outing for Buffalo. Ricco said he would be evaluated after that performance and could be close to rejoining the Mets.