Collins chooses to rest Ike vs. upcoming lefty

Collins chooses to rest Ike vs. upcoming lefty

NEW YORK -- Strategic rest will come Tuesday for Ike Davis, irrespective of his slow start at the plate. Despite Davis' complete lack of symptoms, the Mets wish to proceed carefully with their starting first baseman after his Valley Fever scare in Spring Training.

"If you're going to give Ike a blow, that's a good day to do it," manager Terry Collins said. "It's a night game followed by a day game. So you've got to make up your mind which one you want him to have off."

Collins chose Tuesday, mostly due to the presence of Nationals lefty Ross Detwiler and Davis' significant career splits against left-handed pitching. In that fashion, Davis should continue to receive sporadic off days throughout the summer, with Justin Turner subbing for him at first base.

The first of them likely would have come Tuesday even if Davis had not gone 0-for-15 to start the season.

"The only way you're going to get going is to hit, to get in the batter's box," Collins said. "It's just that with some of the things we're looking at in the case of Ike ... his health is still a concern at times."

"Honestly, it's probably smart right now to give me a day," Davis said after the Mets' 4-3 walk-off win over the Nats. "Do I want to come out? No, because I want to get a hit. But it's a lefty, and I haven't gotten a hit all year."