New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis may not return from the DL as soon as he is eligible next week, manager Terry Collins said Wednesday.
In addition, centerfielder Angel Pagan—on the DL since April 22 with a strained left oblique—will not return in time for the first inter-league series with the cross-town rival New York Yankees.
Davis, batting .302 with seven homers and a team-high 25 RBI, was originally scheduled to rejoin the club on May 26 at the end of his 15-day spell on the disabled list.
However, Collins said his ankle isn't even strong enough to jog on yet, so a further delay is likely.
"He's in the pool and doing rehab stuff,” Collins told reporters.
“He can't run on his ankle yet, but they are doing some stuff in the exercise room to keep his core strong so there is no breakdown in that when he starts swinging.
"It could be longer [than two weeks]. We are hoping two weeks, but it could be longer. If he's going to go seven days before he runs on it, it could be longer."
That is before you consider time he needs for rehab games, something Collins said he thinks will be necessary.
"Anytime you're out of the lineup for 10 days to two weeks you have to get some at-bats somewhere,” he added.
As for Pagan, Collins said the outfielder will play in at least four consecutive Minor League games before considering a return to New York.
Collins spoke with rehab coordinator Randy Niemann on Tuesday and said everything he heard was “all good news."
"He's over in Tampa and he's playing in today's game,” the manager said. “He's swinging real well, he ran great and there is no discomfort at all so hopefully the recovery is fast."
The 29-year-old, who had eight at-bats over two games for the Class A Advanced St. Lucie Mets on May 4 and May 5, homered and walked in the first of his next four Florida State League rehab starts against the Tampa Yankees on Wednesday.
Assuming he does play the next three days too, that will take Pagan through the four-game set in Tampa—some three hours' drive west of Port St. Lucie—on May 21.
If Pagan does not return in time for the finale of the three-game set in the Bronx, he would likely start when the Mets continued their road trip in Chicago against the Cubs on May 24.
Ash Marshall is a New York Mets Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.
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