Glenn Davis was back in the starting lineup for the Orioles last night, but it wasn't part of a master plan to help get the struggling first baseman on track.
Manager Johnny Oates inserted Davis into the No. 8 spot in the batting order because David Segui's right knee had become inflamed overnight. Segui had started 11 straight games at first base before last night.
"I don't see it keeping me out more than a couple of days," said Segui, who was given a cortisone shot yesterday. "I've had some tendinitis off and on and it had been a little tight. There wasn't any real pain, but when I woke up this morning [yesterday], it was swollen."
Segui is scheduled to take a precautionary magnetic resonance imaging today. "But I don't think it's anything serious," he said.
Except for a pinch-hitting appearance Thursday, Davis had not appeared in a game on this homestand. His sharp single to left in the seventh inning last night ended a 0-for-16 drought and was the second hit in his past 33 at-bats.
Oates said he still feels Davis will contribute this season, but that he has no plan for returning him to the lineup on a regular basis. "I've got to believe that he's going to help us," said Oates.
"I'm going to do everything I can to salvage Glenn Davis. If I hurt Glenn Davis, I hurt the ballclub."
Asked if he was considering playing Davis every day on the com
ing 10-game road trip in an effort to get him started, Oates was noncommittal. "We've got to find a way to get him going, but I can't do it at the club's expense," he said.
"I'd be tickled to death to be able to write his name in the lineup 10 straight days, and I know Glenn would be, too. But I've got to have results in order to justify it."
Oates said it wasn't definite that Davis would stay in the lineup if Segui is unable to play tonight or tomorrow. "We've been working Sherman [Obando] at first base, and it's possible we might use him there," said Oates.
Baines takes batting practice
Harold Baines continued to show progress yesterday, taking live batting practice for the first time since suffering a rib-cage injury 19 days ago. Baines hit against offerings from the coaching staff, and Oates said he'd like to step up his workout schedule in the next few days.
"We're going to try and find a pitcher for him to swing against," said Oates, who wants Baines to swing at pitches other than batting practice variety. Oates indicated Baines might be used as the designated hitter when the Bowie Baysox play at Memorial Stadium Tuesday and Wednesday.
Oates took advantage of Thursday's afternoon game to drive home to Richmond, Va., to watch his son, Andy, play his final high school game of the season.
"Counting American Legion ball and high school, I've seen him for a total of four at-bats," said Oates. "They got beat, 1-0, which figures because I haven't seen too much offense lately."
Kevin Reimer's third-inning grand slam into the right-field bleachers off Mike Mussina was the first of his career. It was his sixth homer of the season. . . . Last night's attendance of 46,145 was the 14th sellout in 20 home games this year.