Ike Davis gets “last-ditch effort” cortisone injection as ankle surgery looms

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The latest news on Ike Davis’ ankle injury isn’t good.

He got a cortisone shot yesterday and is slated to undergo an MRI exam over the weekend, with season-ending surgery looming if he doesn’t show significant improvement.

Davis has already been out for more than two months with an injury that was initially deemed minor and here’s the update he gave to Conor Orr of the Newark Star Ledger:

I wouldn’t say pessimistic, but I would say in three weeks, by the rule of the injury, if I’m not taking steps to play in three weeks, there’s something structurally wrong. If I could avoid surgery–surgery is not fun and sometimes stuff doesn’t feel the same after. And I’m trying to do as much as I can, the cortisone shot is like a last-ditch effort to see if we can push forward without having the surgery.

What makes the multiple setbacks Davis has experienced all the more frustrating is that he was off to a great start, following up an impressive rookie season by hitting .302 with seven homers and a .925 OPS through 36 games. Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda haven’t been able to come close to that production and in his lengthy absence the Mets have slipped to the middle of the pack in overall OPS at first base for the season.

Tigers release Francisco Rodriguez

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Tigers’ right-handed reliever Francisco Rodriguez was released on Friday, per a team announcement. The club recalled fellow right-hander Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move.

The former closer got the boot after losing his closing role in early May, giving left-hander Justin Wilson a chance to impress at the back end of the bullpen. It’s been a rough year for Rodriguez, who manufactured six blown saves and a 7.82 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 25 1/3 innings for the Tigers. The final straw, it seemed, came with Robinson Cano‘s grand slam in the seventh inning of the Tigers’ 6-9 loss to the Mariners on Thursday.

While the demotion to a clean-up role and an apparent lack of communication caused Rodriguez considerable frustration, he’s two years removed from his last dominant performance as a major league closer and has shown few signs of returning to form. His recent slump doesn’t diminish the impressive totals he’s racked up over his 16-year career — 437 saves and six All-Star nominations among them — but if he can’t break out of it soon, he may not receive the kind of high leverage role he’s seeking with another big league team, either.

The Red Sox sign Jhonny Peralta

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The Red Sox have signed third baseman Jhonny Peralta to a minor-league deal. He’ll report to Pawtucket.

Peralta, 35, hit a paltry .204/.259/.204 in 58 plate appearances for the Cardinals this year. But with Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list — and ineffective when he hasn’t been — the Sox could use some infield depth.

This is the second former Tiger that former Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has picked up today, after signing Doug Fister. No word if he’s kicking the tires on Andy Dirks or Brennan Boesch.