TORONTO -- In the wake of Miami's demotion of former All-Star Gaby Sanchez, Mets manager Terry Collins was asked for the umpteenth time if he would consider optioning his own struggling first baseman, Ike Davis, to Triple-A Buffalo.
For the first time, Collins wavered.
"There is nothing etched in stone," the manager said Sunday morning. "We will never say something is not going to happen. What we're trying to do is make sure that we wring the rag dry. That's why, coming into this road trip, we said, 'Here are some pretty good opportunities.'"
In particular, Collins referenced the strong offensive environments in Toronto and Pittsburgh, as well as a run of four right-handed opposing starters in five games. If Davis cannot improve his .160 batting average, .220 on-base percentage or .298 slugging mark given those circumstances, the Mets may have no choice but to consider their alternatives.
Davis acknowledged that much Sunday morning, though he was unwilling to discuss hypothetical situations.
"I really can't answer questions about it until it happens, or until something happens," Davis said. "I'm not sent down yet, so I don't know what to tell you."