KANSAS CITY, MO. — First baseman Chris Davis, serving a 25-game suspension after testing positive for amphetamines, was with the club throughout the ALCS partially because the Orioles hoped to assimilate him back in case the club went to the World Series.
Davis worked out with the team, could take batting practice until the stadium gates opened and had to vacate the dugout when the game began.
Davis had five games left to serve on his suspension heading into the ALCS, but now that the Orioles were swept in four games, he will serve the final game of his suspension on Opening Day next season.
When Davis' suspension was announced, he issued a statement explaining that he had taken Adderall, which is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, without a therapeutic use exemption. He also said he previously had an exemption to take the drug.
Davis hasn't said anything publicly since the suspension, and when he was approached by reporters after Wednesday's game, he declined to be interviewed.
"I don't think so guys," Davis said as he left his locker. "I've still got one game [on the suspension] left."
The Orioles chose to leave Davis off the ALCS roster because the series would have had to go six games for him to be able to play.
They decided they couldn't play one man down for that long. It might have been different had the Orioles' three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Division Series lasted longer.
Around the horn
Of the 23 games this postseason heading into Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday night, 14 have been one-run games, tying a single postseason record set in both 2011 and 2013. … Ryan Flaherty's third-inning home run off Jason Vargas in Game 4 was this fifth career homer against a left-handed pitcher in 275 career major league games. It also was his fourth against a left-hander this season.