So if you’re Sandy Alderson what do you do with Ike Davis? Alderson as we all know is not an Ike Davis fan, he’s demoted him, contemplated non-tendering him a contract and has paraded his name on the trade market, all before knowing that Davis was hiding an injury for the majority of the season.
Alderson has to be seething this morning as news broke that Davis was battling a strain to his oblique for most of the season until it finally caused him enough pain to shut him down for the season. Davis says the pain in the oblique was a big reason his offense suffered, especially his power but did not want to sit out to get better for fear of losing his job as the everyday first baseman, a very selfish move by Ike.
So what Davis is telling us is his stats and his performances were much more important than the wins and losses of his team. Davis was killing the team from April to July with his puny 6HR 25 RBI in 248 AB’s. Without knowledge of him being injured the club left him in the lineup game after game hoping he’d find his stroke. The question I have is did anyone ask Ike if he was hurting? Did the manager go to him and ask is there something physically wrong with you? Did Ray Ramirez see anything that would set off a red flag? Did the GM inquire about Davis’ health? If all three did ask Davis about his health issues and he replied that all was well then he needs to go. Either trade him for a spare part or just release him but if he was asked if he was injured and he lied about it he has got to go.