Ike Davis won’t return to Mets this season, may need surgery

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Not that anyone expected any different by now, but the Mets have all but officially ruled out first baseman Ike Davis returning this season.

General manager Sandy Alderson announced that Davis will remain shut down for 3-4 more weeks, at which point he’ll attempt to resume baseball activities nearly four months after suffering what was initially considered a minor ankle injury from a May 10 collision with David Wright.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York writes that “the question has been whether Davis eventually will need microfracture surgery to address cartilage damage in his left ankle.”

Davis’ injury helped open the door for Daniel Murphy to hit his way into the Mets’ plans for 2012, but 2011 turning into basically a lost season for Davis is a shame considering the 24-year-old former first-round pick hit .302 with seven homers and a .925 OPS in 36 games before going down.

Justin Verlander earns 200th career win

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Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.

Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.

Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.