Texas Rangers to Promote Chris Davis, Start Tomorrow in New York

Matthew IrbySenior Analyst IAugust 24, 2009

PHOENIX - JUNE 23:  Chris Davis #19 of the Texas Rangers warms up before the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 23, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rangers 8-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Multiple reports have been coming out all day that the Texas Rangers are going to promote Triple-A first baseman Chris Davis.

Davis was demoted down to Oklahoma City after a July 5 game against the Tampa Bay Rays and returns after playing 44 games in the minors.

Before his demotion, Davis was obviously struggling this season. He never hit above .220 in a single month.

On the year, Davis is currently hitting .202 with a .256 OBP, along with 15 HR, 33 RBI, and  114 strikeouts in 258 at-bats.

During his time in the minors, Davis has worked on the mechanics of his swing and has made adjustments to his stance. In the minors, he is currently hitting .327, .418 OBP, .521 slugging, with six HR and 30 RBI.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has said that in the past couple of weeks the team has been looking for the opportunities to promote Davis back to their Major League team.

It seemed as though that opportunity would not arise and he would rejoin the team when the rosters expand at the beginning of September. But with the current struggles of first baseman Hank Blalock, Texas will find a way to make this work.

In the month of August, Blalock is hitting a dismal .180 with a .204 OBP, and slugging only .337.

Rangers manger Ron Washington has already said that Davis will once again be used as the everyday first baseman. Meaning that Blalock will fall back into a platoon role as DH.

If Davis returns and can show the type of hitting and power that he did last season, then this could be the boost that the Rangers' offense needs to make a run at the postseason.

There still is no word on the move that the Rangers will make room for Davis on the 25-man active roster. I’m purely speculating, but possible moves could be outfielder Julio Borbon or a relief pitcher Doug Mathis.

I know, I know, I’m not a fan of sending Borbon back to the minors, if even for a week, since he would return when the rosters expand. But I see this happen as opposed to sending a relief pitcher down, especially since Texas currently has six relievers and won’t go into a series in New York and Minnesota with only five.

So even if Borbon is the odd man out, I hate losing that speed if only for a week, but this might be the right time to activate Chris Davis and hopefully spark the offense.