ARLINGTON, Texas – Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was in visible pain after fouling a batted ball off his right ankle bone in his second at-bat of Saturday’s 7-4 win over the Rangers, but Davis said it won’t prevent him from playing.
In the third inning, Davis doubled to center field and appeared to be in pain as he pulled into second base. Moments later, Orioles manager Buck Showalter and head trainer Richie Bancells ran out to second base to talk to Davis, but he remained in the game.
“I thought he might have rolled his ankle going to first but he fouled the ball off his ankle,” Showalter said. “It was biting him. … I just wanted to know what it was. I wasn’t sure. I didn’t know if he rolled it and it was starting to swell. He seems OK. We’ll see how tomorrow is.”
Davis, who was 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored, said he felt tightness in the ankle in his first couple steps out of the batter’s box on the double.
“It’s sore,” Davis said. “It tightened up a little bit. I obviously iced it, will wrap it up for tonight. It’s something where every guy, I’ve seen Adam Jones foul about 800 balls off his foot this year, so just one of those things. Just kind of caught me right on the ankle bone. Usually it’s the leg or the shin or the foot.”
Davis also appeared to grimace in the ninth inning when he hit the ground while stretching out to catch Manny Machado’s throw from third on a ground ball by Ian Kinsler.
“It was just kind of a hard fall,” he said. “Just aches and pains of everyday, 100 degree heat.”Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun