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Orioles' Chris Davis says he's 'a little ahead of schedule' in recovery from oblique strain

MINNEAPOLIS – Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is pleased with the progress he has made since going on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle, and he said Sunday that he believes he's slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery.

“It’s something that I’ve never dealt with, something I’ve never gone through before, so I don’t have anything to compare it to,” Davis said Sunday before the Orioles’ 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. “I’ve been pretty happy with the way I’ve been feeling lately. I’ve tried to talk to a lot of guys who have been through it to see how they felt or what they went through. Right now, it seems like I’m a little ahead of schedule.”

Davis completed some hip-strengthening and agility drills with Orioles strength and conditioning coach Joe Hogarty before Saturday’s game against the Twins, and he also ran some 20-yard sprints.

“[Saturday] wasn’t even scheduled,” Davis said. “I just wanted to get outside and run around a little bit. I got a little cabin fever in here, and I wanted to see what it really felt like to sprint. That was really the only thing I hadn’t done other than swing since I went on the DL.”

Davis said he no longer feels discomfort in the muscle and hopes he soon can resume baseball activities, including swinging a bat.

“I would like to start swinging in the next few days, and hopefully, if things keep going well, they’ll allow me to do that,” Davis said. “[Saturday] was kind of the first day that we did all of our little test exercises in the training room, and I didn’t have any pain. That’s obviously a good sign. I think the big thing now is not getting too far ahead of myself and just continuing to progress and not have a setback.”

Davis, who is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, said throwing likely would come later.

“I was thinking about it [Saturday],” he said. “Looking back on it, obviously, when I geared up and swung really hard, it was pretty painful, but throwing the ball across the field was tough because that’s the side I pull with, my front side, so I’m sure throwing will be one of the last things I do. I was going to ask [Orioles athletic trainer] Richie [Bancells] today about just fielding and taking some ground balls.”

Davis said he also hoped to be able to take some grounders, but he wasn’t scheduled for any activities Sunday.

“We did a lot [Saturday], so usually the days we do a lot, the next day we don’t hardly do anything.” Davis said.

Other notes:

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that the club’s move to outright infielder David Adams to Double-A Bowie, clearing a 40-man roster spot, does not have anything to do with a pending additional roster move.

“I know the reason in which it was done at that time,” Showalter said. “But I’m not going to broadcast it. It has nothing to do with a pending move that I’m aware of. But it does open up some possibilities ... if you have somebody not on the roster that you want to bring up. It’s always good to have that maneuverability, that’s some of it. But why that timing? I know why. But [I] would be put on double-secret probation if I told.”

Having an open roster spot gives the club a little added flexibility in case the Orioles want to add a reliever who isn’t already on the 40-man roster.

In a related move, the Orioles did promote infielder Buck Britton from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk to essentially take Adams’ infield spot for the Tides.

Left-hander Anthony Vasquez was transferred from Norfolk to Bowie. 

Here are today’s starting lineups:

Orioles

Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Nelson Cruz LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Delmon Young DH
Steve Pearce 1B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Miguel Gonzalez RHP

Twins

Brian Dozier 2B
Joe Mauer 1B
Trevor Plouffe DH
Chris Colabello RF
Jason Kubel LF
Kurt Suzuki C
Sam Fuld CF
Eduardo Escobar 3B
Pedro Florimon SS
Phil Hughes RHP

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