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.