WASHINGTON -- Barring more injuries, the battle for playing time is about to crest for the Mets, now that outfielder Jason Bay is back from the disabled list.
Because Bay, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Andres Torres and Lucas Duda all have legitimate cases for playing time, the Mets will have some difficult decisions to make once they finish next week's stretch of six consecutive games in American League parks. That may include renewed talk of benching first baseman Ike Davis, who is 2-for-25 over his last eight games, and 8-for-66 with zero home runs dating back to May 12.
Asked Wednesday if he would reconsider replacing Davis at first base with Duda, a natural first baseman, manager Terry Collins said simply: "Not yet." The manager gave Davis a vote of confidence last month, saying at the time that he was in no danger of a Minor League demotion.
"I don't have an answer," Collins said of Davis' continued slump. "If I had an answer, I'd give it to you. He's making some adjustments. He's trying some things. There's a lot of things he's doing to try to get it going."