Ike Davis will sit out Saturday's contest against the Padres, with San Diego throwing a lefty. Davis is coming off back-to-back two-RBI nights and is 3-for-8 in his last three games.
"He's going to play tomorrow and play Monday against Cole [Hamels]," manager Terry Collins said. "Lefties have not hit this guy (Clayton Richard) at all this year. So it's a good day to get those right-handed batters in there and see if we can do some damage."
Davis is hitting just .168 on the year, but has been productive since the team said it would not demote him to Triple-A Buffalo. He had a pinch-hit two-run double Thursday, and had a two-run single in Friday's win over the Padres. It's the first time in more than a month that the first baseman has driven in runs in back-to-back games.
"He's much more upbeat, he feels comfortable. He's made some changes," Collins said. "He and (hitting coach)Dave [Hudgens] have worked on some things and he was trying to explain them to me about some mechanical adjustments he's made. I think it all starts with the fact that he has a little confidence now and he feels good at the plate. Hopefully he just continues to stay positive and keeps working at it."
EXTRA DAYS FOR JOHAN: Collins said the team will be looking to get Johan Santana extra days of rest moving forward. Santana has often been pitching on four days' rest as he's returned to the Mets from shoulder surgery. The manager said the team has managed Santana's pitch count to aid him.
TIME OFF FOR WRIGHT: David Wright leads Major League Baseball with a .397 batting average, but he battled a cold recently and his injured finger is still not 100 percent.
"It's hard not to play him at home," Collins said. "It really is. But if he thinks he needs a day, we got to figure out if tomorrow's the day he needs it because against those lefties (on the Phillies), he's going to play."
UPDATE ON YOUNG: Chris Young threw 6-1/3 innings for Single-A St. Lucie on Friday as he tries to work his way back to the Mets. He has made three rehab starts spanning 17 innings, and has yielded 17 hits and struck out seven. Collins did not know what the next step will be for Young and said he has not talked to anyone yet about Young's status.