Davis not progressing as Mets hoped

Davis not progressing as Mets hoped

CHICAGO -- Injured first baseman Ike Davis is not progressing nearly as quickly as the Mets had hoped, keeping the date of his return in doubt.

"He thought he'd be back tomorrow, and he's not even on the field yet," Mets manager Terry Collins said after Thursday's 9-3 loss to the Cubs.

Davis, who originally hit the disabled list on May 11 with a sprained left ankle, expressed optimism earlier this month that he would be able to return when first eligible this week. But Davis has not progressed at all in his rehab, confined to pool workouts on Wednesday and Thursday. The Mets still have no clear timetable for his return.

The news was better on third baseman David Wright, who has begun participating in core exercises, the first steps in his rehabilitation from a stress fracture in his lower back. Still, the Mets also have no timetable for Wright's return.