Chris Davis Injury: Updates on Orioles Star's Oblique and Return

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IApril 26, 2014

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Updates from Sunday, May 11

Brittany Ghiroli of confirms Chris Davis will return to action today:

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:

Updates from Friday, May 9

Roch Kubato of 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 has this on Chris Davis as he tries to return to the lineup:

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 spoke with Davis, who talked about his injury:

Updates from Tuesday, April 29

Brittany Ghiroli of has the latest on Chris Davis:

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:

Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun noted Davis was hopeful he could avoid the disabled list:


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A disappointing start for Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis—at least by his lofty standardsmay 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's Roch Kubatko, he has been diagnosed with a left oblique strain: 

The severity of the injury is still unknown, but as Kubatko noted, there isn't a lot of optimism: 

However,'s Brittany Ghiroli added Davis' thoughts after the game:

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. 


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