The New York Mets received some good news on the injury front on Wednesday afternoon. Third baseman/outfielder J.D. Davis, who jammed his left shoulder while diving for a ball in the hot corner on Tuesday, had an MRI today and it was negative.
To be more specific, the MRI showed “no new structural damage,” according to Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.
The GM said that the test “didn’t show a ton of inflammation” either. Davis landed hard on his shoulder while trying to catch a ground ball in a Grapefruit League game.
The Mets dodged a bullet and avoided a serious injury to one of their most important offensive performers. With Robinson Cano, Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes already nursing or recovering from injuries, the team can’t afford to lose a 136 wRC+ bat for any extended period of time.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Davis is expected to rest the shoulder into next week and then be re-evaluated. He has a shot at being ready to suit up for the Mets on opening day.
Van Wagenen did say that the test showed a previous labrum injury, but that the slugger has been able to play through without issue.
The Mets’ slugger feels “fine, just a little achy and sore”
Davis indicated that he felt “a little achy and sore, no sharp pains, and I’ve got full range in my shoulder right now, and it’s just a little weak, but I am feeling good,” Davis said. “Shoulders can be tricky, so first day it’s going to be just rehabbing and then just go from there and progress back to baseball activities.”
The former Houston Astro say that he didn’t know about the previous labrum tear.
“I never had symptoms of it, which is a relief, because when [the doctor] said it had a little tear and said it looked like an old injury, so I was instantly relieved about it,” he said.