The Mets placed first baseman Ike Davis on the disabled list Wednesday with a sprained left ankle and a bone bruise. To replace him on the roster, the team recalled outfielder Fernando Martinez from Class AAA Buffalo.
Davis was injured on Tuesday night when he collided with third baseman David Wright while trying to field a pop-up by the Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki near the pitcher’s mound. He completed the inning but then left the game. He said on Tuesday that he had hoped to play the next day, but the team sent him to New York to be evaluated.
The often-injured Martinez was hitting .292 with three home runs and seven runs batted in in 19 games with Buffalo this season. He has a .174 batting average in two short stays with the Mets over the past two seasons.
ESPN first reported that Mets sources said Fernando Martinez was expected to travel to Denver on Thursday.
There has been no official word whether Ike Davis is being placed on the DL, and sometimes minor leaguers are summoned as a precaution but not activated. Martinez was at Wednesday’s Triple-A Buffalo game but was held out. He homered in each of his previous two games with the Bisons.
Adam Rubin speculated that the arrival of Martinez, an outfielder, presumably would free Willie Harris to play second base with Justin Turner, and leave Daniel Murphy available to play first base..