Daniel Murphy has been diagnosed with a sprained right knee. He is listed as day-to-day.
Everyone and their mother is going bonkers and calling for Ike Davis to be called up to replace him. What about Chris Carter?
I know Carter isn’t the homegrown prospect that Davis is and Davis already looks to be the future of first base with the organization, but I still maintain that he needs to get steady playing time every day. Carter, on the other hand, could be used right now. There’s not as much riding on Carter’s ability. If he hits, he hits. If he doesn’t, he doesn’t.
If the Mets call up Ike Davis and put him on the 25-man Opening Day roster, what’s the guarantee he gets steady playing time? If Mike Jacobs is on the team, which seems all the more likely now, who’s to say they won’t split time?
For now, I would pencil in Carter to replace Murphy. Let Davis go to Triple-A and refine his game. I’m all for the future, but the future doesn’t have to be right now.