- Posted: 5:55 PM, May 21, 2012
After saying as recently as Friday that Davis wasn’t a candidate to platoon at the position, manager Terry Collins on Monday put the slumping first baseman on the bench against Pirates lefty Erik Bedard. Vinny Rottino, who was called up from Triple-A earlier on Monday, will start at first base and bat sixth.
It comes as the Mets are considering whether Davis should be shipped to the minors – a possibility that looms larger with each passing game, especially as the team will soon have to create roster space for returning injured players.
Davis entered Monday’s action batting .163 with five homers and 15 RBIs. He was 1-for-7 (.143) during the team’s trip to Toronto over the weekend.
“Besides trying to make sure we have patience with Ike, we’re trying also to win baseball games,” Collins said when asked about benching Davis against the lefty. “The worst thing I want to do is put this guy in a situation where he’s going to fail. I’m trying to get him in situations where he’s going to be successful.”
Davis, who is battling a head cold, met with Collins in the manager’s office before batting practice. Davis indicated he’s been a victim of bad luck.
“Honestly, the last five or six games I have hit the ball solid, I just haven’t gotten hits,” Davis said. “A couple of those fall and it’s a different story.
“I want to play every day. Every day you come to the field you want to be in the lineup, that’s why you play.”