NEW YORK -- Among those who witnessed Ike Davis' second big league game Tuesday night were his father, Ron, the former Yankees and Twins reliever, and Ron's second wife, Kendall. They had flown in from Arizona, arriving mid-afternoon after their flight had been delayed for 90 minutes because of a flat tire. Davis' mother, Millie, is to arrive Wednesday.
Ron wasn't the only late-arriving family member.
"I told Ike, 'You were two days late,' Ron said. 'If they'd called [you] up Saturday, [you] could have pitched in that 20-inning game they played."
When the Mets made Davis the 18th player selected in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, according to his father, the club said, "We like you as a pitcher and a hitter. We'll take you either way." Ike Davis had been an unbeaten scholastic pitcher and a successful starter and closer at Arizona State.
"He can throw 93-94 [mph]," the proud papa said.
The elder Davis said he had thoughts of flying in Sunday night after he learned the Mets had designated Mike Jacobs for assignment and that they were likely to eliminate a relief pitcher before the homestand. He had a sense a promotion was pending, but his son didn't the call until after 9 a.m. Arizona time, Monday. He estimated he would miss his son's first three at-bats if he traveled.
"I decided I'd stay, enjoy the game at home and have a party."
The elder Davis likened his son to former Blue Jays and Mets first baseman John Olerud.
"A doubles hitter, tall lanky guy with some power."
Olerud also had been a collegiate pitcher and seemingly had the best arm of any Mets first baseman.
Keith Hernandez likens Davis to Adam LaRoche, the former Braves and Pirates first baseman now with the D-backs. But the Mets expect more power from Davis long-term than LaRoche has produced in his six-plus seasons.
Mets' Beltran 'making progress'
NEW YORK -- The Mets announced Tuesday that Carlos Beltran was "making progress" in rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee. Whatever that vague declaration suggested, it hardly prompted rejoicing in the organization. Beltran remains unfit for baseball activities -- i.e., running.
At one point, Beltran believed he'd resume running by mid-April.
"That's kind of unfortunate," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "What we have to do is we have to continue to play the way we have in the last three or four games and hope that Carlos begins to recover quickly. I mean, he's obviously an integral part."
Beltran was examined in Vail, Colo., on Tuesday by the doctor who performed his surgery in January. His return by mid-May, once considered likely by the club, now seems less likely.
Igarashi to have MRI on hamstring
NEW YORK -- Mets reliever Ryota Igarashi is to be examined via MRI Wednesday. The right-hander strained his left hamstring in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's 4-0 victory over the Cubs when he squatted to field a bunt.
Igarashi faced two additional batters after hurting himself, but he was then removed after a visit to the mound by the trainer.
Bay presented with Tip O'Neill Award
NEW YORK -- Jason Bay received his 2009 Tip O'Neill Award before the Mets' game against the Cubs on Tuesday night. The Mets' left fielder has been recognized for the third time as the Canadian-born player who has excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball's highest ideals. Larry Walker received the award nine times. Justin Morneau and Eric Gagné have won it twice each. Bay had won the award in '04 and '05.
A native of Trail, British Columbia, Bay won his first Silver Slugger Award and played in the All-Star Game for the third time in 2009. His 36 home runs and 119 RBIs led the Red Sox to the playoffs. He scored 103 runs and had 142 hits, including 29 doubles, and stole 13 bases. Bay batted. .267, compiling an on-base percentage of .384 and a .537 slugging percentage. He made no errors and had 15 assists in his 150 games, finishing seventh in American League MVP Award voting.
The award is named after Woodstock, Ontario, native James "Tip" O'Neill, who was one of baseball's first legitimate stars with the St. Louis Browns. In 1887, O'Neill batted .435, with 225 hits, 52 doubles, 19 triples 14 home runs, 123 RBIs and 167 runs.
Winners of "Tip" O'Neill Award: 1984 -- Terry Puhl, 1985 -- Dave Shipanoff, 1986 -- Rob Ducey, 1987 -- Larry Walker, 1988 - Kevin Reimer, 1989 -- Steve Wilson, 1990 -- Walker, 1991 -- Daniel Brabant, 1992 -- Walker, 1993 -- Rob Butler, 1994-95 -- Walker, 1996 - Jason Dickson, 1997-98 -- Walker, 1999 -- Jeff Zimmerman, 2000 -- Ryan Dempster, 2001 -- Corey Koskie and Walker, 2002 -- Gagné and Walker, 2003 -- Gagné, 2004-05 -- Bay, 2006 -- Morneau, 2007 -- Russell Martin, 2008 -- Morneau and 2009 -- Bay.
This date in Mets history -- April 20
NEW YORK -- The great Warren Spahn made his second start for a team other than the Braves and gained his first victory with the Mets, beating the Dodgers in Los Angeles on this date in 1965. Spahnie, three days shy of his 44th birthday, pitched a complete game in the Mets' 3-2 victory, allowing two runs, one earned, in the ninth inning. ... Two years later, another future Hall of Famer earned his first big league victory. Tom Seaver pitched 7 1/3 innings in the Mets' 6-1 victory against the Cubs at Shea Stadium. Seaver hadn't been involved in the decision in his first start.
On this date in 1986, Sid Fernandez and Roger McDowell, a combination manager Davey Johnson liked -- a left-handed fly-ball starter followed by a right-handed ground-ball reliever -- combined to limit the Phillies to two singles in the Mets' 8-0 victory at Shea. ... With the bottom of the batting order responsible for four runs -- Dwight Gooden and Kevin Elster drove in two each -- the Mets defeated the Phillies, 6-2, at Shea Stadium on this date in 1988. Gooden struck out 10 in a complete game.
A complete game by Bobby Jones, a two-run home run by John Olerud and a grand slam by Carl Everett produced an 8-2 Mets victory against the Cubs in the first game of a doubleheader at Shea on this date in 1997. The Mets lost the second game, 4-3. ... Melvin Mora hit a home run in the 10th inning to provide the winning margin in the Mets' 5-4 victory against the Brewers at Shea on this date in 2000. ... Five days after he had pitched a one-hit shutout against the Marlins at Shea, Aaron Heilman allowed 11 hits and seven runs in four innings against the Fish in Miami on this date in 2005. Juan Encarnacion, who went hitless with three strikeouts in the one-hitter, had a single and a home run in three at-bats before Heilman was removed after four innings in the 9-2 Mets loss.
Worthy of note
At one point before the game Tuesday, Jerry Manuel said he would allow the game to dictate how deep in the game he would allow starter Mike Pelfrey to pitch. He was quite aware Pelfrey had pitched an inning Saturday after pitching seven Thursday. Manuel also said he thought he might have to "give back the [Saturday] inning" against the Cubs.Pelfrey ended up going seven against the Cubs, yielding just three hits without allowing a run. Pelfrey had worked quite effectively with Henry Blanco, who was behind the plate Tuesday night, as his catcher Thursday and again Saturday. But Manuel was quick to point out his choice of catcher had more to do with Rod Barajas needing a day off than Blanco's effect on Pelfrey. The manager said he had wanted to rest Barajas Monday but didn't want to have a lineup without Barajas and Jose Reyes. Manuel said he considered Barajas the primary tough-luck hitter among the Mets through their first 13 games and suggested fatigue may have contributed to the catcher's swinging at pitches out of the strike zone. ... Apropos of nothing in particular, Manuel said he and the Mets' coaches thought Jon Niese was throwing better in Spring Training than any of the other four starters, Johan Santana included. That was why, he said, the club didn't hesitate to move Niese from the No. 5 spot to the No. 3 in the rotation. But the genesis of the change was to separate John Maine and Oliver Perez. They were considered the least likely of the five to pitch into the late innings. So having them as the Nos. 4 and 5 starters was more likely to strain the bullpen resources.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.