Some two weeks for Ike Davis, huh? The Mets are now saying he might be able to return by the All-Star break.
“The only baseball activities he can do, basically, is play catch, and he’ll be able to swing,’’ manager Terry Collins told reporters today at Citi Field. “But he’s not to do any running whatsoever for the next three weeks. There’s still a hot spot where the bone bruise is. So we’re going to pretty much shut him down from that type of activity.’’
Meanwhile, David Wright will have an X-ray Thursday to determine a timetable for when he can resume baseball activities. Wright in on the DL with a stress fracture in his lower back.
The Mets say Jose Reyes is expected to return from bereavement leave for Thursday’s game.
On a positive note, Johan Santana is throwing off the mound in 15-pitch intervals in Port St. Lucie. The next step will be throwing batting practice.
Here’s tonight’s starting lineup against Pittsburgh:
Angel Pagan, CF
Justin Turner, 2B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Jason Bay, LF
Daniel Murphy, 3B
Nick Evans, 1B
Josh Thole, C
Ruben Tejada, SS
RA Dickey, RP
COMMENTS: Dickey will get the start despite leaving his last start in Chicago early with an injury to his right heel. No doubt, the Mets will keep him on a short leash. Dale Thayer is first in line should Dickey falter. …. Pat Misch cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Buffalo.