Ike Davis to miss remainder of 2013 season

The moment it ended. - Greg Fiume

After straining his oblique over the Labor Day weekend, Davis will be shut down for the rest of the season, cutting short his second half resurgence.

Ike Davis, who left Saturday's game against the Nationals with a strained oblique, has received an anti-inflammatory shot and will miss the remainder of the 2013 season, according to multiple reports.

Davis' well-documented horrendous start to the season led to a late- June demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas.  He vastly improved after returning to the big club, posting an .872 OPS with more walks than strikeouts. Still, his OPS+ for the season will end at 89 and his two straight brutal first-halves have put his future with the team very much in doubt.

Lucas Duda figures to get the bulk of the playing time in Davis' absence, especially against right-handed pitching. Duda also spent extended time in Triple-A this season but sports a 125 OPS+, and seems most comfortable when playing first base. Although it's a small sample, his OPS is .867 in 55 games at the position, easily his best mark.

As this "bridge" season draws to a close, the Mets will have one more opportunity to evaluate first base options.

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