By John Delcos
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New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis isn’t happy with a recent story that said he concealed an oblique injury last season.
Davis said he didn’t report the injury because he was about to be optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas and didn’t want to make it sound like an excuse.
On Monday, Davis did not refute the Post’s Mike Puma’s accuracy, but instead took him to task for writing it in the first place.
``You made it look like, you know, it’s an excuse,’’ Davis said. ``That’s not what the story — it shouldn’t have been a story anyway. Because that’s what we talked about before you wrote it, was we shouldn’t write this, because that doesn’t matter. But that was nowhere in the article.’’
There are two things to note here: 1) if Davis didn’t think it was a story, he shouldn’t have answered the questions, and 2) he should have been more forthcoming about the injury.
When he saw Puma writing in his notebook, he had to know there would be a story.
Even manager Terry Collins said had he known of the injury the team might have handled things differently.
To his credit, Davis didn’t deny the quotes, and in his strongest comment as a Met, said: ``I sucked last year because I sucked. It’s not because I had an injury.’’
I’m glad Davis didn’t hide under the ``I was misquoted’’ umbrella, and here’s hoping he learned something.
We admire athletes who play with pain, but sometimes playing with an injury could come back to haunt them. I have been critical of Matt Harvey and David Wright playing injured, if for no other reason they risked further injury and might have jeopardized their team’s chances of winning.
With Harvey, doing so might have caused his elbow injury and subsequent surgery. With Davis, it might have lead to a dreadful season and the Mets’ desire to trade him.
When you’re a gamer like Wright, like Harvey and like Davis, nobody will question when you call in sick one day.
*** John Delcos has covered Major League Baseball for over 20 years, including the Mets and Yankees since 1998. He is a Hall of Fame voter and owns and operates a Mets website, New York Mets Report.com