NEW YORK -- The Mets got some reassuring news on the health front regarding one player and some news that called another player's recovery into question before Monday's game.
The team said that R.A. Dickey would be fine to make his scheduled Tuesday start, but first baseman Ike Davis will have his troublesome left foot re-examined on Tuesday.
Dickey, who has been battling an injured plantar fascia in his right heel, went through a bullpen session with no adverse effects on Sunday, and he came back to simulate some fielding drills before Monday's game. Davis, meanwhile, is working back from a sprained ankle and bone bruise in his left foot, and manager Terry Collins said he will be re-evaluated.
"He's coming in today. He's going to be re-examined tomorrow," said Collins of Davis, his second-year starter at first base. "We're going to do a follow-up and see where he is in the process. We'll know a lot more tomorrow."
Davis has been on the disabled list since May 12, and he had his injury rehab stint halted because of his lack of progress. Collins said he wasn't sure if there's been a setback, and that the Mets just want to be as careful as possible.
"I think it's because it's taken as much time as it has," said Collins. "He's got a bone bruise, and it's like everyone's told me. There's no guarantees on how long it's going to take before it starts to heal. I'm glad he's coming up and having the doctors take another look at it. If everything's on target, if we're still moving forward, then I'm glad we had him re-evaluated."
Dickey, meanwhile, seemed satisfied that he's healthy enough to take the mound Tuesday. He went through several fielding drills on Monday, and said that he feels fine to start and doesn't think he's at risk to make his injury even worse.
"It's definitely something you can play through," Dickey said. "If it would've been an issue, I'd have to speak up. But having thrown my bullpen [session] yesterday and done some stuff today -- and recovered well from yesterday's bullpen -- all the signs point to the fact that it's going to be getting better as we go along here. Tomorrow should be no different."
Turner making most of chance with Mets
NEW YORK -- Justin Turner has been one of the few constants for the Mets this season, providing good at-bats and sturdy defensive play at both second and third base. Turner, who came into the season as a .114 career hitter in just 40 at-bats, went into Monday's game with a .330 batting average and a completely new lease on his big league life.
"It's very satisfying, but at the same time, you can never be satisfied," said Turner. "As soon as you get satisfied, that's when it all goes away. I'm still hungry, I'm still going to keep working and trying to get better every day."
That's the only attitude for Turner, a former seventh-round draftee to take, and it's helped usher him through some uncertainty in his career. Turner was traded to Baltimore from Cincinnati, the team that drafted and developed him, before the 2009 season, and after playing sparingly in the big leagues, he was lost to the Mets on a waiver claim last May.
Turner only played in four games for New York last season, but has begun to let his bat do his talking for him. Turner was splitting time at second base in the early going, and he's adequately filled in at third while David Wright has been on the disabled list. The 26-year-old is hitting .333 in May, and he's driven in 19 runs in his last 21 games of play.
"He's opening a lot of eyes that he can play at this level, and all he's done is continue to do stuff on both sides of the ball," said manager Terry Collins. "Not just offensively. He's played an outstanding third base. He's been very, very impressive, and certainly he's shown a lot of people -- on this club and around the league -- that he's probably in the big leagues to stay."
For Turner, that kind of validation is a long time coming. He was drafted in 2006 and took a few seasons to work through Cincinnati's farm system, and now he's making his fourth trip to the Major Leagues pay huge dividends.
"I've been called up three times prior to this, and you go from playing every day, getting at-bats and making adjustments to not getting that opportunity," he said. "If you don't experience that same success, you definitely question whether you're good enough to hit at this level.
"But when you talk to the experienced guys, the older guys -- and when I first got up here, I was sitting with Willie Harris and Scott Hairston on the bench -- you understand that pinch-hitting and coming off the bench is probably the hardest thing in all of sports to do. And then you don't feel that bad about it. Now I'm getting the chance to play every day and I'm having the success -- and even more -- that I was used to in the Minor Leagues. It makes you confident."
Einhorn meets media at Citi Field
NEW YORK -- David Einhorn met the media at Citi Field on Monday afternoon and discussed in broad strokes the deal that could make him a minority owner of the Mets. Einhorn, the founder of hedge fund Greenlight Capital, said that he hopes his agreement will be completed by June, but declined to get into specifics of the transaction.
Einhorn reportedly will pay $200 million for a third of the team, and various news outlets have reported that the deal includes a chance for him to increase his holdings to a majority stake of the team over time. Einhorn wouldn't comment one way or the other on that topic, but he said the negotiations with the Wilpon family have been amicable and fair.
"The agreement itself is confidential, and I can't disclose the terms as per the agreement," Einhorn said. "It just wouldn't be the right thing to do. But let me just say this: When the agreement first came out, there was a lot of reaction that this was a very one-sided agreement in favor of the Wilpons. As other stuff -- much of which is not correct -- has come out, there's a lot of [reaction] that the agreement is very one-sided in favor of me. I think both of those characterizations are wrong."
Einhorn went on to say that only minor issues remain, and he said that his goal is to have the agreement completed by the end of June. He also said, though, that it's a major deal, and that some obstacles remain to make it official.
"This agreement, I think, is a fair agreement. It's a win-win," Einhorn said. "It covers a lot of the basic goals that I was hoping to achieve in the negotiations. I think it achieves a lot of the basic goals the Wilpons were trying to achieve in the negotiations. And I think it sets us on a path to a very good partnership going forward. That's really all I'm going to say about it."
The Mets have an uncertain financial future due to a suit filed by Irving Picard on behalf of the victims of the Bernard Madoff financial scam. The club has pressing debt issues that necessitated an infusion of cash, and Einhorn was asked before Monday's game whether he could assure that the team's finances would be less dire going forward.
"I can't make any such assurance. It will be what it will be," said Einhorn of the team's immediate financial future. "It's not that people aren't going to try really hard to avoid that type of a circumstance, but the future is uncertain. There's a wide range of possible outcomes of all sorts of things. That's true of life in general, and it's true in this circumstance as well."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.