As Ike Davis was slowly climbing out of his season-long struggles he kept feeling a slight tug on the right side of his torso the sign of a barking oblique muscle.

Saturday night what Davis described as chronic soreness gave way to a stabbing pain after he hit a sacrifice fly during the Mets’ six-run third inning.

After the game general manager Sandy Alderson said that Davis had a pulled oblique and would return to New York for an MRI. Given the nature of an oblique injury which usually takes three weeks to heal it is likely that Davis has played his last game of the season.

If so he will have to settle on a .205 batting average nine home runs and 33 RBI in a season that took a detour to the minors and raised questions about whether he has a long-range future with the Mets.

It’s worth noting though that Davis raised his average 40 points over the past six weeks and since the All-Star break his on-base percentage was third best in baseball.

"It’s horrible" he said after the game. "I just started playing a little better started feeling comfortable again."

Davis said the pain became unbearable while he was sitting on the bench eating sunflower seeds and a cough sent a pain right through him.