Ike Davis was demoted to the minors a little less than one month ago after he hit just .161 with five home runs and 66 strikeouts in 207 plate appearances, but he has apparently convinced the Mets that he’s fixed.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Davis will rejoin the Mets for tomorrow’s series opener against the Brewers. The 26-year-old first baseman batted .293/.424/.667 with seven home runs and a 18/17 K/BB ratio in 92 plate appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas. He homered in each of his last two games.
Davis got into some bad habits at the plate prior to his demotion, but he has been working on his hitting mechanics with Las Vegas manager Wally Backman and hitting coach George Greer. The numbers look pretty impressive, but you obviously have to take production in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League with a grain of salt. We’ll soon see if he made any tangible progress.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.