DENVER -- Ike Davis joked about it later, but his limp and large white plastic boot revealed the extent of his injury. Following an infield collision with third baseman David Wright during Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Rockies at Coors Field, the Mets' first baseman was hurting.

"The only way I'm going to get off the field is if I'm going to hurt the team," Davis said. "And the way I was moving over at first, I wasn't going to be able to cover anything. Until I can actually move around and not feel like I'm going to be a detriment to the team, I can't play."

The injury was the result of some miscommunication. Both Davis and Wright called for Troy Tulowitzki's pop fly in the fourth inning, converging on the same spot as the ball dropped toward the field. As Wright caught it, his momentum knocked him backward into Davis, who wrapped his arms around the third baseman in an attempt to steady himself.

It did not work. Davis believes he rolled his ankle on the play, and video replays show that may indeed have been the case. Afterward, the Mets called it a strained left calf, but neither Davis nor manager Terry Collins was confident in that diagnosis.

"I didn't know what it was, because at the time there was a lot of pain everywhere," Davis said.

The team's medical staff will reexamine the first baseman Wednesday morning, administering an MRI if the pain persists. Davis does not believe it will. Though he was walking with a pronounced limp after the game, he said he planned to ice his leg Tuesday night and take anti-inflammatory medication with the goal of playing Wednesday.

"I'm hoping I play tomorrow, to tell you the truth," Davis said immediately following Tuesday's game. "Depending on how it feels in the morning is really what we can go by."

But considering that the Mets have a scheduled off-day Thursday, it may make more sense for the Mets to give Davis two consecutive days of rest.

Either way, Collins will not stray from his plan to give Wright a routine day off in Wednesday's series finale. Assuming Davis cannot play, Collins will most likely shift Daniel Murphy to first base, slotting Justin Turner at third and either Willie Harris or Chin-lung Hu at second.

And all parties involved will cross their fingers for Davis' health.

"It's just one of those freak plays where you just happen to call it at the same time," Wright said. "There's really nothing you can do about it."

Wright will rest back Wednesday

DENVER -- David Wright plans to come to the ballpark Wednesday, set down his things and do absolutely nothing.

On his manager's orders, Wright will sit out Wednesday's series finale against the Rockies in an effort to rest his back, a source of discomfort for the last three weeks. He won't hit in the batting cage. He won't take infield practice. He might watch some television.

"I don't want to do anything that might aggravate it," Wright said.

It is not his preference, of course. Wright has averaged 156 games per season since becoming a full-time starter in 2005, playing in all 36 of the Mets' games this season. He loathes sitting on the bench, preferring to hit through slumps and ride out hot streaks.

But after playing through back pain the last three weeks following a diving defensive play against the Astros, Wright understands the need for a break.

"I don't like taking any days off," Wright said. "But at the same time, I'm not dumb. Being a little banged up, getting a chance to have two consecutive days to flush this thing out and not have to worry about it again is an ideal situation. I don't like sitting out a game, but I think in the long run it will be good for me."

In Wright's absence, Daniel Murphy will make his first career start at third base, his most natural position. Though Murphy spent some time at third this spring, he has not played the position regularly since starting there for Double-A Binghamton in 2008.

Paulino paired with Pelfrey again

DENVER -- For now, at least, Mike Pelfrey appears to have a new personal catcher.

Ronny Paulino was behind the plate Tuesday, five days after catching Pelfrey's best start of the season at Citi Field. Though manager Terry Collins isn't sure if he will keep that battery intact for the indefinite future, he is curious to see what effects Paulino's veteran presence can have on Pelfrey.

"Maybe it made him relax a bit more," Collins said of Pelfrey's last outing.

The numbers say it may have done just that. In 93 innings pitching to regular catcher Josh Thole since Thole's promotion to the big leagues last summer, Pelfrey has produced a 4.35 ERA. In 34 1/3 innings throwing to any other Mets catcher during that span, he has produced a 2.62 mark.

Previously, Collins had been more concerned with inserting Paulino's bat into the lineup when the Mets oppose a left-handed starter, taking advantage of the catcher's right-handed power. But with the Rockies starting three right-handed pitchers against the Mets this week, Collins saw Tuesday as the best opportunity to give Paulino a start.

Pelfrey's Tuesday performance should play a significant role in determining the length of this experiment. In the interim, Thole will continue to start regularly against right-handed starting pitchers.

"There's going to be plenty of work for both those guys," Collins said.

Mets chilling Parnell in Buffalo

DENVER -- The forecast for Buffalo, N.Y., on Tuesday called for 13-mph winds and temperatures dropping into the mid-40s. Cold enough, in other words, for Bobby Parnell.

Parnell reported to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday to continue his Minor League rehab assignment, more than three weeks after landing on the disabled list with a circulatory issue that produced numbness in his right middle finger. The idea was to test the right-hander's circulation in a colder environment before calling him back up to the Mets.

If all goes well, Parnell could return to the big league club as soon as this weekend.