As the Mets entered spring training, one of the areas they hoped to obtain some clarity in was the future of the first base position. They returned the former first baseman of the future, Ike Davis, and the recently trimmed down Lucas Duda. The two were set to do battle this spring in an effort to win the starting first base role. This haven't exactly gone as planned.
The team declared an intention to get Ike Davis as many as 100 at-bats prior to opening day, with the hope of fending off the slow starts that have derailed his previous two seasons. So far this spring, he's had six. Dual calf injuries, apparently caused by some errant weight lifting have now cost Davis more than a week of spring training. Gone too is any hope of him getting 100 at-bats.
One thing that isn't gone is the likelihood that Davis will come out of camp with the first base gig. Lucas Duda has only managed seven spring at-bats himself, hobbled by a hamstring injury of his own. This is unfortunate, as Duda had hoped to separate himself and could have forced the Mets' hand had he really outperformed Davis this spring, after a winter full of extra work.
The Mets know less now than they did at the beginning of camp about the future of first base. If both players were healthy, the outside chance of trading the loser of the competition remained. Those hopes appear to be dashed at this point. Neither's return to the lineup is imminent and as the calendar turns to the middle or March, the Mets have to be growing concerned.