ANAHEIM, Calif. – It’s far too early to suggest that Orioles first baseman Chris Davis could miss significant time with the right knee injury he suffered while running out a ground ball on Friday night, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter used Friday night’s postgame to give a familiar rallying cry just in case his team will be without its top run producer.
Davis will have an MRI on Saturday morning, and while Showalter was optimistic about the unknown, he was also realistic about the possible.
Showalter went through a laundry list of injuries his team has already has to go through, from losing designated hitter Wilson Betemit to a knee injury in the final days of spring training to the hamstring injury to Brian Roberts in the opening series in Tampa Bay.
I asked Showalter what was going through his mind as he saw Davis hobble through the Orioles dugout and down the steps leading to the clubhouse, unable to put and weight on his right leg.
“I’m not wound that way,” Showalter said. “I don’t live in a gloom and doom [world]. We had things happen to us last year. We’ve already had them happen to us this year. We lost one of our best hitters against right-handed pitching [Betemit] before we broke camp.
"Our second baseman [Roberts] was have a great year for us. What did I say when [Tsuyoshi] Wada wasn’t able to post up last year [because he needed Tommy John surgery]. It’s part of it. Nobody feels sorry for us, I guarantee you that when you go in [the Angels’] clubhouse.”
If the Orioles are going to be without Davis – or right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who left Friday’s gamer after six inning with a thumb blister – Showalter wants his team to know he isn't worried.
“Last thing the players are going to read from me is that,” Showalter said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun