According to Anthony Rieber of Newsday, Ike Davis is still at least a week away from returning the Grapefruit League action. This news comes after Davis arrived at camp yesterday wearing a walking boot in an effort to immobilize his ailing calf. The Mets had hoped to get him close to 100 at-bats this spring, however to date he has only appeared in two games and seen just six at-bats. As Opening Day nears, the organization may struggle to get Davis even 50 at-bats. That doesn't bode well for a guy who can ill afford a slow start this season.
Davis' chances at retaining the first base job remained unaffected because Lucas Duda has been battling an injured hamstring. That may chance, with Duda expected to return to game action either Wednesday or Thursday. If Duda produces, he may quickly leapfrog Ike into the everyday first base role. Regardless, the Mets appear destined to enter the season with far more questions than answers at the position.