PHOENIX -- Nearly three months have passed since Mets first baseman Ike Davis collided with David Wright, injuring his left ankle and -- unbeknownst to anyone at the time -- throwing both his season and career in turmoil.
And still, there is no resolution.
"The waiting game," Davis said, "is kind of getting old."
A Scottsdale, Ariz., native and a former first baseman at nearby Arizona State, Davis joined the Mets this weekend in Phoenix -- in large part to catch up with teammates and friends. That he will not return to the Mets this season has become somewhat of a foregone conclusion. Now, Davis is spending much of his energy preparing for next year.
It is not as easy as it sounds. For Davis, the worst-case scenario is that he will still require microfracture surgery to heal the bone bruise in his left ankle -- a procedure that would sideline him for approximately five months. Because of that lengthy timetable, Davis must decide by Labor Day whether or not to proceed with surgery, or else risk not being ready for Spring Training.
Naturally, surgery is not ideal. What Davis wants most is for his bone bruise simply to heal on its own, though he is growing more and more skeptical that that will happen.
Three months have passed, with no noticeable improvement in his ankle. Countless visits to doctors have occurred, most recently this week to a foot specialist in North Carolina. Answers remain elusive.
"No one wants to have surgery," Davis said. "But if it's going to be the only way to make me feel better, then I have to have it done."
Most shocking for Davis has been the sheer length of his recovery. Injuring his ankle in late May in Denver, Davis said hours after his collision that he expected to play the next day.
But the next day came and went. The next week came and went. The next three months came and went. And still, the ankle isn't healed.
"It does go to show you that something that looked minor can certainly be very big," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "You don't realize the force when he turned it, all the weight going down in the joint ... all the damage it caused. Everybody is shocked by it."
Davis most of all.
"I've been in limbo for so long," he said. "I'm just looking forward to an answer, but they don't have an answer."
Pagan returns to lineup
PHOENIX -- A cross-country flight did not faze Mets outfielder Angel Pagan, who was back in the starting lineup on Friday, two days after leaving a game with lower back spasms.
The spasms represented just the latest in a string of injuries for Pagan, who has so far been unable to duplicate his breakout season of a year ago. But the center fielder had been heating up prior to his most recent setback, batting .323 with two home runs, three doubles and four stolen bases in 31 August at-bats.
"You've just got to be smart," Pagan said of nursing his injuries. "Not try to be a superhero."
Turner battling assortment of injuries
PHOENIX -- Mets second baseman Justin Turner was out of the lineup on Friday, and may spend much of this six-game road trip on the bench, nursing a medley of injuries.
"He's banged up a little bit, right now," manager Terry Collins said. "He's playing through some things that a lot of guys wouldn't play with, so I need to give him a break."
In addition to being hit on the toe with a pitch in Thursday's game -- his ninth hit-by-pitch of the season -- Turner is nursing a sore right hip flexor that he first sustained last month. Collins plans to rest his second baseman twice this weekend, along with next Wednesday in San Diego.
Turner is four away from tying Ron Hunt's franchise record with 13 hit-by-pitches in a season.
Dickey sets up Twitter account
PHOENIX -- R.A. Dickey's profession, pitcher, is listed fourth on his new Twitter profile -- behind father, husband and author. Also on the list are the titles of Christian, adventurer, Star Wars nerd, reader and cyclist.
So began a new project for Dickey, who established his @RADickey43 feed around noon on Friday and spent much of the afternoon chatting with fans.
"You can choose to interact with one fan or all of them," Dickey said. "The format, the concept -- it's pretty neat."
Interested in joining the social media service for some time, Dickey finally did so on Friday for two reasons: He hopes that Twitter can provide an outlet for conversation, as well as a medium to raise awareness for issues that are meaningful to him.
In joining Twitter, Dickey became the third Mets player on the service, along with infielder Justin Turner (@redturn2) and pitcher Johan Santana (@johansantana). Catcher Josh Thole was also a member earlier this year, but quit after receiving threats from fans.
Because of Thole's experience, Dickey was also wary of unnecessarily exposing himself to threats and criticism. But he sees Twitter as too valuable a tool to ignore.
"The benefits will always outweigh the negatives," he said.