Davis returned to the lineup today after a nearly two-week hiatus due to a shoulder injury and told reporters that it felt a little bit “weird” after hitting the field again after the two-week lay-off.
The slugger added “It was Ok… nothing achy, no stiffness… I’ve been playing free the past couple of days, so no limitations.”
“It’s great to be back out there… just getting back to the routine, getting to the weight room. Routine-wise, that was the big thing.” Davis said.
Manager Luis Rojas told the media “We’ll see how he keeps responding as he keeps playing… We want to keep ramping it up progressively as we move forward. He’ll be getting three at-bats a game as we move forward. He’ll play in back-to-back games just like everyone else started doing already.”
After injuring his shoulder on a diving play at third, Davis saw live pitching for the first time last week and hit a home run off of two-time Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom.
While Davis is currently slated to be the Mets starting left fielder, his versatility has had the Mets brass give the 26-year old some reps at third base, as well. When asked about his recovery, Davis replied with “We’re getting closer and closer… I’m feeling good, I’m feeling ready to go.”
He added “I was running around out there, legs feel good, so pretty confident right now. Just taking it day by day.”
As of now, there is no set return for Davis and that’s understandable, especially while we’re in the early days of Spring Training. However, he’ll eventually need to get real reps against the competition as opposed to simulated at-bats.