PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — In reflecting on the play that injured him, J.D. Davis concluded he could not have done anything to prevent it. He called it a “hustle injury,” a situation in which he acted on instinct as a ball came toward him on the left side of the infield.

“I was pretty surprised looking back at the video just how much ground I kind of covered too,” he said. “It was just a weird kind of dive. ...I kind of dove diagonal or toward the shortstop position. It was a little awkward of a dive, but it’s fine now.”

Awkward? Weird?

He’ll take those.

But he seems grateful and encouraged that the play, which occurred while he was at third base, does not appear like it will rob him of extended regular-season time.

“I feel like I’m ready for Opening Day and everything,” Davis said. “I have no setbacks or anything right now. Feeling good. Feeling strong. All the strength is there, all the range of motion is there. It’s just easing back in.”

The Mets called the injury a “jammed left shoulder.” They initially said they would evaluate Davis again in a week — which is Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, Davis is not experiencing achiness or stiffness. He’s been in the athletic training room two or three times a day to rehab his shoulder and ensure all the smaller muscles are built up during his recovery.

At the end of last week, Davis took ground balls in the outfield. But the extent of his swinging was doing so with only one hand and arm — the healthy one. But he’s progressed since.

He took his first full swings off the tee on Monday, then hit batting practice in the cage on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he took batting practice on a back field.

The next step, he said, is receiving live at-bats and hitting off a machine. He also must work on diving back to the bag and sliding to ensure his shoulder will hold up in a full game. He’s also practiced his first step in the outfield.

Davis, originally a third baseman, played a lot of left field for the Mets last season because they also had third baseman Todd Frazier. Davis had a breakout season at the plate, carving out a role as the starting left fielder, especially with Yoenis Céspedes not having played a game since the middle of 2018.

Unless something changes, the Mets expect Jeff McNeil to be their starting third baseman in 2020. But they’ve still told Davis to work in both the infield and outfield.

On Tuesday, he practiced in the field. On Wednesday, he went to the outfield.

Which do the Mets want him to focus on for the season?

“I have no idea,” he said. “I haven’t talked to (manager Luis Rojas) about it.”

For now, Davis and the Mets are grateful a piece of their young core seems to be regaining his health. Last week in Lakeland, as Davis remained on the ground, it seemed like the injury could have been much worse.

Mets surveying brace options for Lowrie

The Mets, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said, are working on finding a potential "transitional brace" or making adjustments to Jed Lowrie's current brace.

Lowrie's brace goes from right above the ankle to the middle of his thigh. He said it "makes me feel like myself."

He is doing all baseball activities, but the Mets don't have a timeline for his return to games.

Van Wagenen said the team will "keep evaluating" whether Lowrie's current brace is suitable for game action.

”It’s hard to say," Van Wagenen said. "Right now, he’s been able to do all the activities you’d expect in a game. He hasn’t slid on the brace. But at the same point, it makes sense to try to continue to find a brace that is lighter, is more mobile and hopefully that can continue to provide the same support."

Adams' tests come back clean

Matt Adams flew up to New York to have a series of cardiac tests done. Van Wagenen on Wednesday said the results came back clean.

Brandon Nimmo, who also received a recommendation for additional cardiac testing, missed two games. Adams missed around a week.

"Whenever you're dealing with something as serious as a heart issue, it's a little different than a (fractured) pinkie toe like Seth Lugo had," Van Wagenen said. "It's a serious thing, you want to make sure you go through all the progressions and make sure that any tests or follow up tests are done so that we can all feel confident about putting him on the field. That's what the extra time was and why we wanted to make sure we got it right."

Adams will be back in camp on Thursday.

Matz on track

Steven Matz is on track to start Saturday, manager Luis Rojas said.

Matz, who is ill, was sent home on Tuesday. He felt better by Wednesday and threw a bullpen, which helped him ensure he could make his next start.

Mets mic'd up

ESPN televised Wednesday's Mets game versus the Cardinals at Clover Park (an eventual 4-1 Mets win). The network used a nice touch it has added for its spring training broadcasts thus far.

It put a mic on Pete Alonso — "mic'd him up," as they say — and conversed with him throughout the game. The feature feels personal and is a good idea for making the game interesting for all fans.

Alonso drove in a run with a single in the first, which provided one of a few good moments while he was mic'd up. Another that stuck out: Alonso mistakenly dropped an F-bomb.

They also mic'd up J.D. Davis, Dominic Smith and others. One cringeworthy moment came when Smith said: "J.D. has a ton of cheat sheets. You know what I'm saying?"

Davis, of course, was on the 2017 Astros. Social media had fun with that.

Marcus Stroman, who started for the Mets, was not disappointed he was not mic'd up by ESPN.

"Not at all," he said. "I try to do a little less now. My words seem to get viral every time I say something, so I try to stay away from that moment now."

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