Mets’ J.D. Davis: Focus has been on baseball not COVID-19 vaccine decison

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MLB and the MLBPA, in a joint initiative, are all encouraging players to receive the vaccine. In case an 85 percent threshold is reached within a group, safety protocols would soon be loosened.

“I haven’t really thought about it,” Davis explained, when asked if he intends to become vaccinated. “I have been so concentrated on baseball and getting prepared for the season. I have been concentrating on getting at-bats and receiving my swing getting prepared for protection. It is a personal preference for me. It truly hasn’t crossed my mind. This subject has come up over the last couple of days. With us going from Florida into D.C. that the last couple of days, I just really haven’t sat down and really thought about it”

Davis said the survey and vaccine haven’t been a subject of discussion amongst the Mets players.

“Vaccinations, I’m attempting to be more sensitive to people and to the family and friends out there,” Davis said. “But at precisely the identical time I think that it’s been a subject that’s been in the works. I do not really know the attitude or guys’ personal decisions if they would like to get vaccinated or not. I think a few of the details are going around in text messages of attempting to work out who needs what.”

Davis added that the incentive of loosened protocols may not sway players.

“We are a pretty close-knit group of guys,” he explained. “I know plenty of the guys really aren’t getting the itch to really go out and mingle or outside dining or visit restaurants or bars and possess that type of regular lifestyle. We are so concentrated on baseball at the moment and getting prepared for the season”

Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman and David Peterson are all lined up for the show in Philadelphia beginning Monday. Next Friday is an off-day, which will give manager Luis Rojas that the option of bringing deGrom on regular rest the following day or starting Joey Lucchesi (perhaps following an opener).

Rojas was invited that Carlos Carrasco, who’s on the injured list with a right hamstring tear, threw 15 pitches against batters in Port St. Lucie.

“Carrasco has progressed real nicely,” Rojas said, noting that the right-hander is”week-to-week” as he rehabs.

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