Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 1/11/12

It’s been a rough offseason for New York Mets fans as Jose Reyes has walked and only the back end of the bullpen has seen any major renovations.  With the rest of the division taking steps forward the Mets have their work cut out for them heading into 2012 and will need their average players to be good and good players to be great if they’re to have a legit chance at being relevant.  One player for who the jury is still out on is Ike Davis.

When it comes to Ike few doubt his talent as the 24-year-old lefty was seemingly on his way to a fine sophomore campaign prior to having it come crashing down in May of last year as he collided with David Wright on a routine infield pop up.  The collision left Davis with what was initially diagnosed as a sprained left ankle.  That ‘sprain’ turned into a bone bruise and ligament damage that never quite healed correctly and Mets fans didn’t see Ike for the rest of the 2011 season.  Instead, we were left to wonder when exactly he would be at full strength.

Well a cool eight months later and we may finally have an answer as the Mets first basemen said, according to Anthony Rieber of Newsday, that he is ready to play:

Photo by Michael G. Baron

Finally, some good news for Mets fans: Ike Davis said Tuesday he is “good to go” for spring training after more than two months of hard rehab on the freakish left ankle injury that cost him most of the 2011 season.

“I’m there now,” he said after a two-hour workout at Fischer Sports Physical Therapy and Conditioning near his Phoenix-area home. “Right now it’s not, ‘I wonder if I can play.’ It’s ‘I’m ready to play.’

“In my mind, it’s really in the past,” Davis said. “Now I’m set up for the season and playing good baseball.”

It’s great to hear that Davis feels healthy and while I’m always a bit skeptical when it comes to this team and injuries, we should have a good idea early on in Spring Training if he has in fact overcome his ankle woes.  For the sake of the Mets offense, I am holding out hope that Ike can pick up where he left off last year, which will only be possible if he can get a good amount of work in throughout the Spring.

With rehab going well he appears to be on course to do just as Rieber goes on to mention that the first basemen is “doing his normal baseball workouts — he started hitting on Jan. 2 — with a little extra ankle stuff thrown in, like pulling a 200-pound sled weight across a turf field, as he did Tuesday.”

With that, I’ll let a little ray of optimism scatter through the clouds and ponder what this offense can be like if Ike Davis, David Wright, and Daniel Murphy all return to form after their injury-plagued campaigns of a year ago.  Why stop there?  Let’s toss in a Jason Bay rebound season and continued development from Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada.  Is all that likely to happen?  Probably not…..but I’ll take hope where I can get it at this point.

Photo by Michael G. Baron

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