NEW YORK -- Ike Davis admitted to flashing back when Ramon Hernandez stepped to the plate in the 10th inning Sunday and, in his words, hit "one of the highest fly balls I think I've ever caught." The play was eerily similar to the one on which Davis suffered a bone bruise in his left ankle last May at Coors Field, knocking him out for the final four months of the season.
"Panic mode," was how Davis described the popup. "Your thought process, it's, 'Oh, here we go again.'"
This time, third baseman David Wright steered well clear of Davis, who caught Hernandez's popup on the infield grass. Davis had backed into Wright while catching a popup last May, in part because the first baseman did not hear anyone calling him off for the ball.
"I heard, 'Ike! Ike!' Which last year, I didn't hear," Davis said. "So that was comforting."
Though Davis could laugh about it Sunday, the injury he suffered at Coors Field last May not only ended his season, but put his entire career in jeopardy. Out with what the Mets initially called a sprained left ankle, Davis was extremely slow to heal, nearly undergoing microfracture surgery to repair what turned out to be a significant bone bruise.
Healthy now, Davis has yet to resemble his old self in 21 games this season -- though his game-winning single capped a three-hit day Sunday, bumping his average back up to .169.
"It's going to be a slow process," Davis said. "I'm not going to wake up tomorrow and be hitting .300. So it's going to take every game, grinding it out, and hopefully in a couple weeks, my average will be back to normal."