By John Delcos
Ike Davis isn’t the first New York Met to withhold an injury from manager Terry Collins and won’t be the last.
He’s just the latest, and his recent revelation he concealed an oblique injury last season perplexed and frustrated his manager.
As Davis struggled at the plate, he denied anything was bothered him. On Sunday he opened up to the New York Post and indicated he didn’t report anything to the medical staff because it was about the time he was to be optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas and didn’t want people to think he was making excuses.
Davis admonished the reporter Monday morning, and by the afternoon Collins was in the storm – and not pleased about it.
'`There's got to be a conversation,’’ Collins told reporters in Port St. Lucie. ``And then certainly it's up to me to decide which way to proceed. … As I look back now, everything would have been better off had he said something, and certainly he'll hopefully learn from it that he needs to speak up.’’
Davis defended his actions, telling The Post, players perform injured all the time and he didn’t want to come off as making excuses. At the time, Davis said he was fine, but clearly something was off.
Collins said it goes beyond pain and discomfort.
``Once again, I can't address it because I don't know how bad it was,’’ Collins said. ``Was it aggravating? Was there pain? Did it hurt you to swing? Were you trying to protect it coming off the ball? I mean, there's all sorts of different things. And I certainly don't have any answers for you.’’
All managers receive a daily report from the training staff on the extent of an injury and whether the player received treatment. If Davis said nothing, then Collins wasn’t given any information.
That this story came out the way it did is embarrassing to Collins and the Mets, an organization that has received its share of criticism on how it treats injuries.
The Mets received heat for how it dealt with injuries to Ryan Church, Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jose Reyes and Pedro Martinez to name a few.
Last summer, they were embarrassed when the story broke that Matt Harvey wasn’t forthcoming on pain to his forearm, which eventually landed him on the disabled list and under the knife.
There were conflicting reports as to when Collins and the Mets’ hierarchy knew of Harvey’s injury. Collins said he never received a trainer’s report.
Of course we can speculate – and rightfully so – as to whether that lack of disclosure cost Harvey this season.
One understands a player’s desire to perform and help his team, but such intent isn’t always beneficial. Harvey, Davis and the Mets would all have been better off if had players reported the injury immediately.
Not doing so shows poor judgment, but it is also something players have done for years, especially young players such as Harvey and struggling ones like Davis. Sometimes fear, and sometimes the competitive juices drown out good judgment.
No, Davis won’t be the last Met to feel something and hold his tongue.
ON DECK: Wrapping the 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