Ike Davis, who did not appear in a game after rolling his left ankle in a collision with David Wright in Denver on May 10 and suffering cartilage damage, has resumed workouts after a hiatus and indicated the injury appears behind him.
Davis said his current workouts are more demanding than actual baseball games. And given that there has been no issue with the ankle, he should be fine for 2012.
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"I feel good," said Davis, who never underwent surgery to address the issue. "I'm working out, trying to get in shape. I'm doing weightlifting, agility. I've done some running and it's been good. Obviously I don't know what would happen if I roll it or something, but I think what I'm doing now is probably going to be harder than the actual baseball stuff."
Davis is now working to build back muscle, which he lost while being idle during the summer.
"When you can't run or do anything with your legs for a certain amount of time, you kind of lose your muscle, but it's easy to get back," he said. "That's what I'm doing now. It only takes a month or two to get strength back."
Davis added: "I wish it was the season time, because I feel like I've already had an offseason."
He usually starts doing baseball-specific work such as cage hitting in January, although he may start slightly earlier this offseason.
Meanwhile, a HitTrackerOnline.com analysis of modifications to Citi Field revealed that Davis would have hit two additional homers in 2010, his rookie season, had the new dimensions been in place. The changes include the elimination of the "Mo's Zone" nook in right field, which will directly benefit the lefty-hitting Davis.
Asked about the changes, Davis said: "I looked at it a little bit. I'd have to actually see it in person to really know what it's going to look like or see how it's going to be, but anything helps. I mean, it's still a big ballpark.
"But it will hopefully help put some more runs on the board, because David and Jason (Bay), they were hitting the ball off the wall in left field. It just would help if those balls were out in left."