NEW YORK — Mets 1B Ike Davis might need season-ending ankle surgery if his bone bruise has not healed sufficiently in three weeks for him to resume baseball activities.
General manager Sandy Alderson said that Davis, 24, has not improved from the injury that has sidelined him since May 11. An MRI exam taken Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York showed cartilage damage in the left ankle.
"We're hopeful that over the next three weeks he will progress to running. If that is not successful, then there may be some consideration about doing some surgery on the ankle. Right now I don't see him coming back anytime soon," Alderson said. "Basically over the next three weeks he'll progress to hopefully running. And if he can't tolerate the running, then we go to Plan B."
That plan would be an operation similar to microfracture surgery, which Davis said would require three months before rehab could begin. In microfracture surgery, tiny cracks are made in the bone to enhance cartilage growth. It is most commonly performed on knees.
"Obviously surgery is an athlete's nightmare, but I've had one surgery — on my wrist — and it worked out really well and it came back better than I was before," Davis said.
Davis will shed the protective boot that he was wearing for the past three weeks in an effort to enhance circulation in the ankle. The second-year slugger and Alderson acknowledged that the boot could have hindered the healing process.
Alderson also said, "I don't think there was any expectation the cartilage would be a major issue at this point."
Davis was off to a strong start in his second major-league season, batting .302 with a .383 on-base percentage and a .543 slugging percentage in 36 games before he was hurt in a collision with 3B David Wright on May 10 while camped under a popup near the Coors Field mound.
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ANGELS: RF Torii Hunter bruised his left ribs when he hit the wall hard making a catch in the fifth. X-rays were negative.
ASTROS: RH reliever Brandon Lyon plans to have surgery on his pitching shoulder next week and likely is out for the season.
A'S: 2B Mark Ellis was activated from the 15-day disabled list, and 1B Daric Barton was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. Ellis, a longtime starter, will back up rookie Jemile Weeks for now.
CARDINALS: Struggling RH reliever Miguel Batista was given his unconditional release.
REDS: LH reliever Aroldis Chapman, on the DL since May 16 with left shoulder inflammation, was optioned to Triple-A Louisville at the end of his rehab assignment. … RHP Sam LeCure was activated off the 15-day disabled list, and LHP Travis Wood was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
RED SOX: RHP Josh Beckett, who was scratched from Tuesday's start with the flu, is meeting with doctors and is unlikely to make his next scheduled start Saturday. … SS Marco Scutaro was scratched because he was ill.
ROCKIES: RHP John Maine left the club's Triple-A Colorado Springs affiliate and is considering retiring. Maine, 30, has pitched seven seasons in the majors.
TWINS: RH reliever Joe Nathan, on the disabled list since May 24 with a right flexor muscle strain, is expected to be activated this weekend.