NEW YORK -- In line with the "prevention and recovery" philosophy the Mets adopted after their black-and-blue 2009 season, the team is taking its time returning injured position players Ike Davis and Angel Pagan.
Davis, a first baseman, has begun fielding ground balls and taking swings in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but he has not yet run on his sprained left ankle. Manager Terry Collins said that he doesn't expect Davis to play in any rehab games, but the first baseman isn't likely to play until a few days after he can come off the 15-day disabled list on Thursday.
"I want to make sure the foot's OK first," Collins said. "I want to make sure that he's moving, not that Ike's the fastest guy, anyway. But I want to make sure, because the quickness and his defense are a big part of his game."
Also in St. Lucie is Pagan, who is batting .250 with a home run in his past four rehab games with the Class A team. Collins said that the right fielder, out with a strained left oblique since April 21, would play with St. Lucie through Wednesday before moving up to Triple-A. He expects Pagan to be back with the Mets shortly after.