Mets' Ike Davis Rebounds From Costly Ankle Injury





NEW YORK—Ike Davis was on a stage at Citi Field one day in November, modeling the Mets' new uniforms for 2012. But what really was on display was his ankle.

Davis walked around the room with no limp, no pain and no reminders of the troubles that cost him nearly the entire 2011 season.

"It's fantastic," Davis said of his left ankle. "I'm full-go right now, training, trying to put muscle back on . . . It feels like I haven't played baseball in a long time. I'm pretty antsy to get back and play the full season next year."

It has been a long time since Davis played. The 24-year-old first baseman was on the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career, but he played just 36 games and was done after a May 10 collision with David Wright in Colorado as the two tried to catch a pop-up in front of the mound.

Davis spent the season resting, rehabilitating and trying to decide whether or not to have surgery to repair the deep bone bruise—a dented bone, according to Davis. He decided on surgery repeatedly, only to back off at the last moment with second and third opinions.

"I was two days, a day away, from surgery," Davis said. "I would have still been in a cast or a boot, not walking and way behind for spring training. It would have affected my season for next year. Now it's not going to. I'm really excited."

Davis seemed on track for stardom at the start of the 2011 season after hitting 19 homers in his rookie campaign a year earlier. He had piled up seven homers and 25 RBIs with a .302 average in those first 36 games before his season came to an abrupt ending.

Now he is left to try to pick up the pieces. Davis is confident the long time spent idle won't set him back.

"I think if I get enough work in spring training I'll be fine," Davis said. "I don't feel it's a big deal, (but) I might stink for a little while in spring training."

METAMORPHOSES

• First baseman Nick Evans, after riding the Triple-A shuttle for years between the Mets and Buffalo, opted for free agency after being outrighted from the 40-man roster.

• Outfielder Jason Pridie also opted for free agency and quickly signed a minor league deal with the Athletics. He appeared in 101 games for the Mets in 2011, batting .231/.309/.370 with four homers in 208 at-bats.