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Mets 1B Davis hid injury from team

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New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis told the New York Post on Sunday that he hid an oblique injury from the team last year and then downplayed the story on Monday.

Davis said he did not tell the Mets about the injury because he did not want them to think it was an excuse for being sent to Class AAA Las Vegas. Davis was hitting .161 when the Mets demoted him in early June.

"I thought about saying, 'Hey, I would like to take a couple of weeks off, because I'm not feeling great,' " Davis said. "But then the timing was bad and it was when I was getting sent down. It would have been a great time, but it looks bad and I just can't say that. ... It makes me look like a baby. It looks like I'm whining about how I (stunk). I was terrible. Now it's over."

Davis changed his tune Monday, angrily downplaying the story to reporters, including the Post writer. Davis said he admitted he had the injury for a couple of months before the oblique popped, but many other players have injuries, too, and they do not tell the team because they do not want to get taken out of the lineup.

Davis was shut down at the end of August when he strained his right oblique. He batted just .205 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs in 317 at-bats. The first baseman said Monday his bad season was not injury-related and that he was fully healthy in April and May.

"If you hurt something, like your oblique and it pops, there's a time in-between. It doesn't automatically go, 'Oh, I'm healthy and then I pop,' " Davis said. "There's a time where something hurts. But you can't go, 'Oh, I feel a little something here. It's a little tight. It hurts a little bit.' I can't pull myself from the game."

Davis then directed his comments at the Post writer.

"You made it look like an excuse," he said. "It's an excuse. It shouldn't have been a story anyway. ... It's just an overblown thing. Everyone has injuries and then they get hurt. So it was pointless to write an article. I (stunk) last year because I (stunk). It's not because I had an injury. You always have injuries. And now it just looks bad."

General manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins said they were not aware of Davis' season-long injury. Davis did say he did not tell them.

"You can't tell people stuff because you won't play," Davis said. "You always hurt. We always hurt. We play 162 games in how many days? You hurt all the time. Unless you can't physically go out and play, you can't say anything. So that's what we do. And you have injuries that last a little longer or they don't. Sometimes they never pop. I wish it didn't. But it did."
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