DENVER -- Ike Davis joked about it later, but his limp and large white plastic boot revealed the extent of his injury. Following an infield collision with third baseman David Wright during Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Rockies at Coors Field, the Mets' first baseman was hurting.
"The only way I'm going to get off the field is if I'm going to hurt the team," Davis said. "And the way I was moving over at first, I wasn't going to be able to cover anything. Until I can actually move around and not feel like I'm going to be a detriment to the team, I can't play."
The injury was the result of some miscommunication. Both Davis and Wright called for Troy Tulowitzki's pop fly in the fourth inning, converging on the same spot as the ball dropped toward the field. As Wright caught it, his momentum knocked him backward into Davis, who wrapped his arms around the third baseman in an attempt to steady himself.
It did not work. Davis believes he rolled his ankle on the play, and video replays show that may indeed have been the case. Afterward, the Mets called it a strained left calf, but neither Davis nor manager Terry Collins was confident in that diagnosis.
"I didn't know what it was, because at the time there was a lot of pain everywhere," Davis said.
The team's medical staff will reexamine the first baseman Wednesday morning, administering an MRI if the pain persists. Davis does not believe it will. Though he was walking with a pronounced limp after the game, he said he planned to ice his leg Tuesday night and take anti-inflammatory medication with the goal of playing Wednesday.
"I'm hoping I play tomorrow, to tell you the truth," Davis said immediately following Tuesday's game. "Depending on how it feels in the morning is really what we can go by."
But considering that the Mets have a scheduled off-day Thursday, it may make more sense for the Mets to give Davis two consecutive days of rest.
Either way, Collins will not stray from his plan to give Wright a routine day off in Wednesday's series finale. Assuming Davis cannot play, Collins will most likely shift Daniel Murphy to first base, slotting Justin Turner at third and either Willie Harris or Chin-lung Hu at second.
And all parties involved will cross their fingers for Davis' health.
"It's just one of those freak plays where you just happen to call it at the same time," Wright said. "There's really nothing you can do about it."