Mets tell Ike Davis he’s in no danger of being sent to minors

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Ike Davis has been about as bad as a major leaguer can be this season, hitting .159 with 44 strikeouts in 42 games at an offense-driven position while producing a .503 OPS that ranks 172nd out of 176 qualified batters.

That’s more than 400 points below the mark he posted in 38 games last season before injuries derailed him, yet according to what Davis told Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal this afternoon manager Terry Collins has assured him that the Mets will not send him to the minors.

That doesn’t guarantee how much he’ll play, of course, and in fact Collins has now taken to benching the left-handed-hitting Davis against left-handed pitchers in favor of journeyman Vinny Rottino. And while Collins has assured Davis of his spot in the majors for now, it’s easy to see that changing whenever Jason Bay returns from the disabled list and the Mets’ corner outfield/first base logjam gets even more crowded.

Jim Hickey steps down as Cubs’ pitching coach

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The Cubs announced on Tuesday that Jim Hickey has stepped down as the pitching coach due to personal reasons. The club will begin a search for a replacement.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said in a statement, “Jim Hickey notified us yesterday of his decision to step down as pitching coach and leave the organization for personal reasons. We thank Jim for his season with the Cubs and his positive impact on our pitchers. Jim has our full support and we all wish him well.”

Hickey, 57, spent over a decade as a coach in the Rays organization before joining the Cubs for the past season, reuniting with Joe Maddon. The Cubs’ starting staff ranked 10th among all 30 teams with a 3.84 ERA and the bullpen posted an NL-best 3.35 ERA.