Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is headed to the 15-day disabled list after an MRI on Saturday showed his left oblique strain was worse than anticipated.
Davis, who was pulled from Friday’s game before the fifth inning, said Saturday afternoon that he didn’t think it would be a DL situation. That changed after the MRI.
“A little bit worse than what we thought it was going to be. Strain, I guess is what we’re calling it,” Davis said post-game. “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.”
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles have not decided what the corresponding move will be. They could play one man short on Sunday and then make a move after Monday’s off day.
“I know specifically [what the MRI showed], but I’m not going to share. I appreciate you asking. It’s something we think will take the DL period at a minimum, so we’ll start with that [Sunday],” Showalter said. “That doesn’t mean we have to bring anybody. We could wait a day with the off day. We’ll see. I’m not sure what they’ve decided yet.”
Davis, who led the majors in homers and RBIs last season, was hitting .250 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 76 at-bats this season.
“It’s definitely disappointing, frustrating,” Davis said. “I do a lot to try and take care of my body and prevent injuries. You play this game long enough eventually you’re going to run into something like this, but I’m going to stay positive.”
The Orioles will definitely miss Davis’ bat in the middle of the lineup while he deals with his oblique, a muscle located on the side of the abdomen.
They also will miss his play at first base. The club doesn’t have a set backup at first. Ryan Flaherty can fill in; right fielder Nick Markakis started at first on Saturday and had the game winning single in the Orioles’ 3-2, 10-inning victory
“I definitely have the best group of guys behind me and they picked me up tonight with a win and an exciting win,” said Davis, who hopes to stay with the team and travel. “That was good to see. We’ve got more than our share of guys in here that are capable of picking me up and [helping] the team until I get back.”