Ike Davis #29 of the New York Mets looks on...

Ike Davis #29 of the New York Mets looks on against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (July 15, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Ike Davis blindsided some people, including his own manager, when the Mets first baseman told kids at a Freeport summer camp two weeks ago that he likely was finished for the season.

Regardless of what the doctors say or a team chooses to hear, it is the player who knows his body best, and Davis could no longer ignore the fact that his left ankle was taking forever to heal. Hours later, Davis attempted to put a different spin on his comments -- at the urging of the Mets -- but his frustration still seeped through.

This weekend, after Davis visits the doctor again, the Mets are expected to decide whether to proceed with surgery to fix the bone bruise and cartilage damage inside his ankle. After spending three months in limbo, Davis would welcome surgery at this point. That's all an injured athlete really craves -- a plan to get back on the field as soon as possible.

When Davis visited Citi Field last month, he figured that surgery ultimately would be the solution, but the Mets sent him home to Arizona to continue his "running" program with the intent of re-evaluating him three weeks later.

As much as the Mets have worked to improve their medical protocol this season, the Davis conundrum reminded Jose Reyes of his own infuriating hamstring tendon issues in 2009.

"I told him when I saw him: 'Bro, don't wait too long,' " Reyes said. " 'If you need surgery, just do it now, and you'll be ready for spring training. If you're going to wait until September, and try to play for a couple of games, why are you going to do that? The longer that you wait, the closer that you get to spring training.' "

Davis has shown only marginal improvement since suffering the injury May 10 in a freakish collision with David Wright at Coors Field. The team's medical staff even admitted it might have made a mistake during the early stages of treatment by keeping him in a protective boot too long -- a decision that might have reduced healing blood flow to that area. Only after the boot was permanently removed was Davis able to make strides in his recovery, albeit baby steps.

The danger in nudging Davis toward the field with a lingering injury is all too familiar for Reyes, who first tried to play with a tear in his hamstring tendon and then tore it completely. He later ripped his hamstring muscle during rehab.

"That was the same situation I had in 2009," Reyes said. "They told me, 'Just give it two more weeks, let's try running in two more weeks.' And that never worked out. Every time I did that, I had a setback. Something was wrong there. You know when something is not right."

Davis' surgery could even be a simple fix such as removing a piece of torn cartilage or a bone chip that might be inhibiting the ankle joint. As orthopedists have told him, despite numerous MRIs and X-rays, there is no way of knowing the extent of the injury until surgery is performed.

Maybe that's the fear: The damage could be worse than anticipated. It's what makes athletes afraid of having those types of tests in the first place.

"Yeah, I would say so," Wright said. "I think that over the course of the season, there are things that are wrong with you, and if you do enough tests, you're probably going to find something wrong with everybody.

"There's always that in the back of your mind, when you take a test, just like what happened with me. You're playing one day, and then the next day, you're missing eight or nine weeks. Obviously, that's no fun."

At least Wright was able to return from the stress fracture in his lower back, an injury that he played with for nearly a month before being shut down. Wright says that's on him.

"It was just my stubbornness and stupidity and for putting off the MRI as long as I did," Wright said. "You take pride in playing through different things. But if you play through something for a few weeks and it's not getting any better, that's when you know that it's probably time to get it fixed."