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J.D. Davis has no new structural shoulder damage, will miss at least a week

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The initial MRI seems promising for Davis to be ready for Opening Day.

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Mets utility man J.D. Davis will miss at least a week resting and rehabbing after landing awkwardly on his left shoulder in yesterday’s game. An MRI revealed “no new structural damage” per GM Brodie Van Wagenen, though it did show what appears to be an old labrum injury that the team expressed prior knowledge of and no future concern with, according to Anthony DiComo. Davis will not participate in baseball activities while resting, hoping to see the inflammation go down and heal.

If the initial prognosis stands, Davis should still be able to participate in plenty of spring training games and be on track for a normal start to the season. That is never a guarantee, of course, and if Davis is forced to take longer to recuperate, the recovery could bleed into the regular season and impact the starting lineup at the season’s outset. Davis was the likely left fielder most days, as well as a fill-in in the infield. Any time on the injured list for him puts Jake Marisnick, Luis Guillorme, and perhaps Dominic Smith in line for more playing time. It also puts an even greater spotlight on the uncertain health and game-readiness (or lack thereof) of Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes.