Chris Davis was out of the starting lineup Friday after a three-hit game on Thursday, but Showalter said there is no problem with Davis' balky shoulder. Instead, he said Davis' shoulder is better than it has been in weeks and the team wants to keep pushing him to see how it responds before a decision on whether to have surgery in the offseason is made.
"We're trying to push the envelope to find out where his shoulder is," Showalter said. "Once the season is over and you make the decision not to do anything necessarily with it, then you move forward."
Davis participated in a long early batting practice session today and took some fielding practice with the assumption he'd have the day off, Showalter said. Also, the Orioles face lefty Brett Cecil on Friday and then three straight right-handers.
"It is a good spot for him (to have off)," Showalter said. "He'll be out there tomorrow."
Showalter said right-handed reliever Jason Berken's return to the Orioles is "imminent." Berken (forearm/elbow) has been on the disabled list since Aug. 22, but felt good again on Friday. Showalter said Berken likely wouldn't join the team in Toronto, but that's a possibility.
"I think he is ready for that consideration," Showalter said.
It is more likely Berken joins the team for the upcoming homestand.
Showalter said it's nice to play a normal night game after consecutive, extra-inning day games in two cities Wednesday and Thursday and a night game on Tuesday that didn't start until after 11 p.m. due to rain.
"It's challenging but, with very few exceptions, everybody's got some part of the schedule that's a challenge physically," he said. "I'm real proud of our guys in the last 48 hours. They have really represented themselves and the Orioles well."