DL likely for Orioles 1B Davis
Updated On: Apr 26 2014 10:56:55 PM CDT
BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was hoping to bounce back quickly from a strained left oblique muscle, but he appears to be headed for the 15-day disabled list.
Davis suffered the injury during Friday night's game against the Kansas City Royals. He expressed confidence before Saturday's game that he could avoid a trip to the DL, but the Orioles announced afterward that an MRI indicated that rest could be in order.
"It looks like we're probably going to have to DL him tomorrow," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It looks like that's going to probably happen. I think that's where everybody's leaning."
Showalter would not share the specifics of the test results.
"It's something we think will take the DL period at a minimum," he said. "So we'll start with that tomorrow. That doesn't mean we have to bring (up) anybody (from the minors). We could wait a day with the off day. We'll see. I'm not sure what they've decided yet."
Davis was hoping to avoid the DL and obviously discouraged with the news.
"A little bit worse than what we thought it was going to be," he said. "Strain, I guess is what we're calling it. Obviously, the oblique. It's kind of crazy because I don't feel terrible. I've never had anything like this before. I figured it would just be a few days and then we'd forget about it."
Davis thought the weather on Friday -- rainy and windy with temperatures in the low 50s -- did not help matters and he did not feel right before leaving after the fourth inning.
"I could obviously feel it last night," Davis said. "I was pretty sore today and having the MRI results and everything, I guess the DL is the best choice right now.
"From everybody I've talked to, basically what they've said is it's just something that could be a lot worse if you neglect it. For right now, just keep it simple and hopefully, like I said, be back soon."
Nick Markakis, usually an outfielder, started at first base in place of Davis and delivered the winning hit in the 10th inning of the Orioles' 3-2 victory over the Royals on Saturday night.
Davis is batting .250 with two home runs and 13 RBIs this season. He led the major leagues with 53 homers and 138 RBIs last year.
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