Mets avoid worst-case J.D Davis injury scenario

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PHILADELPHIA — Follow-up X-rays on J.D. Davis’ left hand were negative.

Davis departed the previous game with what was initially diagnosed as a contusion on the hand, after he was hit by a pitch. Initial X-rays were negative, but the Mets wanted him to receive further testing to ensure nothing was missed.

Luis Guillorme started at third base Wednesday in Davis’ spot.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day and the swelling is the waiting game,” Davis said before the Mets’ 8-2 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday.


Jonathan Villar started at second base as part of a plan to keep the veteran infielder involved. Jeff McNeil was on the bench as a result.

“There’s depth on this team,” manager Luis Rojas said. “Guys can come in and start a game and help us win.”

Rojas said he preferred Guillorme at third base over Villar because of Guillorme’s experience at the position. He noted the fact the Phillies are a predominantly right-handed lineup. Villar (who finished 3-for-5) saw action at third base in spring training, but hasn’t played the position in the regular season since 2015.


Rojas still has not finalized his starting pitching plans beyond Sunday. Taijuan Walker, Jacob deGrom and Marcus Stroman are the next three scheduled pitchers for the Mets, who have an off-day Friday following the home opener.

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