Davis hasn’t exhibited any symptoms and both he and the Mets are saying that the disease has nothing to do with his anemic hitting. If it is having an effect on his play, there’s no quantifying it unless it’s cited as an issue. There’s not much Davis or the Mets can do about it. The bottom line is that he’s not performing.
The decline of Conor Jackson—who definitely had the disease and saw it derail his rising career—is discussed in the article. But Jackson was clearly ill. Davis looks fine. Jackson’s symptoms directly caused his slide. Davis’s problems don’t appear fatigue-related; his swing is out of whack.
Either way it’s not an excuse. He could go to Triple A Buffalo to get some time in a less pressurized atmosphere or he could head to the disabled list to get better from something that hasn’t manifested itself.
Davis isn’t hitting. He’s not helping the team. If manager Terry Collins is holding true to his preseason edict that there are expectations and demands on the players that are with the Mets; if there are consequences for poor play and if one particular player isn’t pulling his weight, then someone else will get an opportunity. Unless he starts hitting immediately Davis has to be held accountable and go down to the minor leagues.
He doesn’t look sick. But his bat certainly does. There’s a diagnosis for that. It’s called a demotion to Triple A to get straightened out where he’s not hurting the big league club. And that’s what he’s doing now.