The Mets are taking their time returning injured position players Ike Davis, Angel Pagan and David Wright into action. This is a measure of their "prevention and recovery" philosophy they adopted after the 2009 injury plagued season.
Ike Davis, a first baseman, has begun fielding ground balls and taking swings in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but he has not yet run on his sprained left ankle.
Manager Terry Collins said that he doesn't expect Davis to play in any rehab games, but the first baseman isn't likely to play until a few days after he can come off the 15-day disabled list on Thursday.
"I want to make sure the foot's OK first," Collins said. "I want to make sure that he's moving, not that Ike's the fastest guy, anyway. But I want to make sure, because the quickness and his defense are a big part of his game."
Also in St. Lucie is Pagan, who is batting .250 with a home run in his past four rehab games with the Class A team. Collins said that the right fielder, out with a strained left oblique since April 21, would play with St. Lucie through Wednesday before moving up to Triple-A.
He expects Pagan to be back with the Mets shortly after.
Collins was less sure when Wright will make his return. The third baseman has not undertaken any physical activity since May 15, the last game he played before being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back. Collins does not yet know whether Wright will take part in a rehab stint in St. Lucie.
"I don't think you can say it's three days or two weeks," Collins said. "The healing process in that situation is the stress fracture. He'll probably have to do a lot of exercises to make sure the muscles around that area are strong."