ATLANTA -- Manager Jerry Manuel says the Mets have talked to Ike Davis about toning down his arguments with umpires. Davis says no such conversation took place.

Either way, the Mets are not too concerned with their rookie first baseman's overt emotions.

"A lot of it is frustration," Manuel said. "I don't think he comes out to be a guy that's critical of umpires all the time."

After taking a called third strike to end the third inning Sunday, Davis threw up both hands in apparent exasperation with home-plate umpire CB Bucknor. But Davis said Monday that the nature of his conversations with umpires is rarely contentious.

"It's not like I hold a grudge against them," Davis said. "I'm just upset I struck out. What are you going to do?"

Davis, who did not argue after striking out looking in his first at-bat Monday, entered the day hitting just .234 since the All-Star break.

"I'm an emotional player, no matter what," he said. "If I think it's a ball and I strike out on something that I thought I was going to walk on, I'm going to be a little upset. But then I forget about it and go on with my business."

COO Wilpon mum regarding state of team

ATLANTA -- Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, who made a surprise visit to Atlanta to hold a slate of organizational meetings at Turner Field back in May, made another appearance Monday -- this time simply to catch a game as he was en route to the team's Florida headquarters in Port St. Lucie.

Though Wilpon chatted amicably for close to an hour in the visiting dugout, he offered no comment regarding the current state of the team.

"I'll be prepared to talk at the right time," Wilpon said. "Now's not the right time."

With just over a month remaining in the season, the Mets remain far from playoff contention, spawning the notion that a personnel shakeup is on the horizon. But Wilpon, the son of principal owner Fred Wilpon, said he does not plan on speaking publicly about his team until after the season.

In that sense, his visit to Turner Field carried no implications.

"I'm here to watch a game," Wilpon said. "I'm allowed to watch a game.

Reyes limited to fielding, throwing

ATLANTA -- One day after experiencing pain while swinging a bat in Citi Field's indoor batting cage, shortstop Jose Reyes limited his activity to fielding ground balls and throwing at Turner Field.

Reyes, who has missed four straight games since aggravating the right oblique muscle that he originally strained in June, still has no idea when he might be able to return.

"Give him another day off," manager Jerry Manuel said when asked about the situation. "See how he feels [Tuesday]."

Mired in slump, Beltran doesn't start

ATLANTA -- Though the Mets indicated that Carlos Beltran would receive regular rest after making his return from the disabled list in July, Beltran started 37 of the club's 43 subsequent games before sitting out Monday. He made an appearance in 41 of the 43.

Perhaps not entirely coincidentally, Beltran is batting .212 for the season and .217 in August. He has just two home runs and one stolen base.

Beltran's problems, though, Mets manager Jerry Manuel said, have little to do with his surgically repaired right knee.

"He's trying to make up for lost time, trying to hit that three-run homer when nobody's on base, trying to do more than what is called for at this time," Manuel said. "I think a day here and there does him more good mentally than physically."

In Monday's 9-3 loss to the Braves, Beltran entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth. He went 1-for-2 with a double.

Perez called upon for rare appearance

ATLANTA -- Unaware that the Mets might need him in Monday's game, and having no reason to believe that they would, Oliver Perez spent the afternoon throwing a roughly 30-pitch bullpen session at Turner Field.

Then Mets starter Pat Misch unfolded, the bullpen phone rang, and -- for the first time since Aug. 1 -- the voice on the other line asked for "Ollie."

"I was prepared," Perez said. "I was glad they called me."

Though Perez served up a booming home run to Brian McCann on his second pitch -- an 88-mph fastball down the middle -- he did flash a slightly better fastball than he had in outings past. Perez walked two, but did not allow another run.

"I thought the velocity was a little better," manager Jerry Manuel said after the Mets' 9-3 loss. "Surprisingly, the command was better for a guy that hasn't pitched in 28 days. I'll be anxious to see how he feels [Tuesday]. Under those conditions, I thought he did well."

Though the Mets still owe Perez more than $12 million on his three-year, $36 million contract, Manuel has insisted upon only using him in blowout games -- or when he has no other choice.

As a result, Perez, who on multiple occasions has refused to accept a Minor League assignment, had gone 25 games without an appearance -- the longest such streak for any pitcher or position player in the big leagues this season.

"He's been working so hard," catcher Josh Thole said. "He goes in the bullpen and the weight room constantly, just working hard to get back out there -- and he did. He obviously doesn't throw the fastball like he used to. But I thought his slider was great."