Updates from Sunday, May 11
Davis is back and at 1b— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) May 11, 2014
Os lineup pic.twitter.com/TmVFir18n3— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) May 11, 2014
Eduardo A. Encina and Peter Schmuck of The Baltimore Sun offered this on Davis' rehab and his return to the Orioles' lineup:
Davis played nine innings at first base at Prince George's Stadium, going 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts. If he wakes up on Sunday feeling fine, there certainly will be the temptation to put him right back in the major league lineup for the series finale against the Houston Astros, but that decision will not be automatic. ...
“It’s going to be up to Chris and Buck and how [head athletic trainer] Richie [Bancells] looks at him ... and also [Bowie manager] Gary [Kendall], if he saw anything,” Russell said. “Obviously, we’ll have people there watching him.”
Showalter met with Davis late Saturday night, but confirmed that no decision would be made until everyone gets back to the ballpark Sunday morning.
“We’re not going to make that decision tonight,’’ he said.
Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun previously provided a synopsis of Davis discussing his health:
Chris Davis said he feels fine and wants to play today. Up to Buck. Will be today or tomorrow.— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) May 11, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 9
Roch Kubato of MASN.com wrote:
Davis, on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, is scheduled to take live batting practice on Friday. However, the threat of rain could alter those plans.
Showalter jokingly told a reporter to "slow down" when it was suggested that Davis would report to a minor league affiliate this weekend. Double-A Bowie and Single-A Frederick are home.
"He's going to take regular BP tomorrow on the field off a coach and if that goes well and he comes in Saturday feeling good, we could potentially do that," Showalter said following the Orioles' 3-1 win over the Rays. "That's what we're thinking. But he's got a lot of roads to cross before that happens. That would be the earliest.
"What's a lesser word than potential? That's an option if things go real well tomorrow. Right now it looks like we're going to get rained out of BP."
Updates from Thursday, May 8
Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com has this on Chris Davis as he tries to return to the lineup:
Davis felt good today. Will hit off coaches in BP tmrw.— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) May 8, 2014
Updates from Sunday, May 4
Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun provided a statement from Orioles manager Buck Showalter discussing Chris Davis' recovery:
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, did some light exercises – including work with a resistance band -- before this afternoon’s game with strength coach Joe Hogarty. Manager Buck Showalter is pleased with his quick progress.
“He’s doing some things a little earlier that some guys do with that injury,” Showalter said. “That’s kind of good to see. He’s been in the pool doing some movement.”
Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com spoke with Davis, who talked about his injury:
Davis did some sprints yesterday, could start fielding today. Said he hopes to be cleared to swing in next few days. #orioles— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) May 4, 2014
Davis said yesterday was the first day he had no discomfort. Really encouraged. Can come off DL May 11.— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) May 4, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 29
Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com has the latest on Chris Davis:
Davis will be shut down til pain goes away. Is actually PRP in the muscle. No definitive timeline on those injections. #orioles— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) April 29, 2014
Updates from Sunday, April 27
Orioles on MASN confirmed that Chris Davis is going on the disabled list:
Updates from Saturday, April 26
MASN's Roch Kubatko has some bad news for Orioles fans:
Chris Davis will go on DL tomorrow— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) April 27, 2014
Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun noted Davis was hopeful he could avoid the disabled list:
Davis had a MRI this morning. Waiting for results. Said he feels much better today but is still sore. Hopeful can avoid a DL stint.— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) April 26, 2014
A disappointing start for Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis—at least by his lofty standards—may have just gotten even worse.
The slugger was forced from Friday night's game against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning, and according to MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko, he has been diagnosed with a left oblique strain:
Chris Davis left tonight's game with a left oblique strain.— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) April 26, 2014
The severity of the injury is still unknown, but as Kubatko noted, there isn't a lot of optimism:
Davis will be further evaluated. Obviously not good news.— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) April 26, 2014
However, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli added Davis' thoughts after the game:
Davis said he's not worried. Has never had an oblique strain and said he's hoping they got ahead of it.— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) April 26, 2014
Through the first 21 games of the season, Davis has been in the midst of a bit of a power outage. After clocking a league-high 53 home runs and slugging .634 en route to a third-place finish in MVP voting last year, he has just two homers in 2014 to go with a pedestrian .392 slugging percentage and .772 OPS.
As the 28-year-old told The Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina, though, he has been making a conscious effort to be more patient at the plate:
"I turned over a new leaf this year. I'm trying not to hit any more home runs this year and just walk. Try to swing as few times as possible, take it easy on my body, try to get as many years out of it as possible."
Unfortunately, it doesn't get much more ironic than that, as Davis, who played in 160 games last year, is now sidelined.
Stephen Lombardozzi replaced Davis on Friday, taking over second base while Ryan Flaherty moved to first base and Jonathan Schoop took over third.
The O's have been getting lots of production elsewhere. Nelson Cruz, Matt Wieters, Adam Jones and even the 22-year-old Schoop have gotten off to fast starts, and the team entered Friday at 11-10.
Still, the O's won't want to be without Davis' bat in the middle of the lineup for long.