Mets' J.D. Davis thinks IL stint will be short: 'I feel pretty confident'

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Scott Thompson
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J.D. Davis grimaces after getting hit by pitch vs. Phillies
J.D. Davis grimaces after getting hit by pitch vs. Phillies

J.D. Davis spoke about how it was a bummer he had to leave Opening Day so soon after getting hit with a pitch in the hand during an at-bat against the Philadelphia Phillies. But he doesn't think it'll be long before he's back at the plate again.

Davis was placed on the 10-day IL on Saturday for a hand contusion, but he seemed confident that he'll be back for the Mets right when his time on the list is up.

"I feel pretty confident," Davis told reporters on Sunday. "Again, it’s day-to-day with the swelling. Every day it’s progressing in the right way. I’m confident in how it’s healing."

Davis has been taking grounders, lifting and conditioning since his injury. However, the one main reason he's on the IL is because he can't take full swings yet.

Mar 8, 2021; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) fields the ground ball hit by Washington Nationals center fielder Victor Robles (16, not pictured) in the 1st inning of the spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2021; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) fields the ground ball hit by Washington Nationals center fielder Victor Robles (16, not pictured) in the 1st inning of the spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

"I took some grounders, got a lift in, got some conditioning, doing some extra hand isolation movements and exercises and it felt great," Davis said about what he did on Saturday before the Mets' loss to the Marlins. "But taking a full swing, [there] was still discomfort in there, especially the area where I got hit. Felt like there was still a pinch in there. So just a matter of time and day by day with sweeping going down."

The IL stint didn't come as a surprise to Davis either. He said the Mets had that conversation with him the day he was hurt, and since the swelling wasn't fully down, he knew where he was headed.

But with the swelling going down by the day with treatment, Davis will stay ready and hopefully get some full swings in soon. If that happens, the Mets will see him back in the dugout suited up right after his 10 days are up.

"The whole season, it’s 162 games, so just got to take it day by day and get healthy and get back out there. That’s pretty much all I can do," he said.