Orioles first baseman Chris Davis doesn't get many days off the field, but manager Buck Showalter managed to find him one Sunday.
Davis has played 73 of 74 games this season — his only day off coming June 8 — and started at first base in all of them. Sunday, he was the starter at designated hitter, with Mark Trumbo taking his spot in the field ahead of Monday's off day in San Diego.
"I'm trying to get Chris two days off the field," Showalter said. "He hasn't had many."
Davis rewarded his manager with an opposite-field grand slam in the first inning Sunday.
Davis played first base in both games of Saturday's split-admission doubleheader. Between games, Showalter talked to him about taking Sunday off from playing in the field, and the two spoke again after the nightcap and once more Sunday morning. Eventually, the skipper was able to convince his veteran that it was the best option.
"I'm hoping he picks the one that I pick," Showalter said. "But if he doesn't, I think he's got enough cachet that we'll do that."
Worley could be activated this week: Long reliever Vance Worley came out of Saturday's minor league outing feeling good and said he is ready to pitch whenever he is activated.
Worley, who suffered a groin strain June 12 in a 4 1/3-inning relief appearance, pitched 1 2/3 innings Saturday at Double-A Bowie. He allowed five hits but just one run and threw 36 pitches (27 strikes).
"Obviously a few hits, but I'm a ground-ball pitcher and everything that got through was on the ground. That's what I'm trying to do."
Worley has pitched to a 2.66 ERA in 17 outings with the Orioles this season.
When he went on the disabled list, he thought if he responded well he would have a chance to be ready by the end of the 15-day period. He is eligible to return Tuesday and said he could do so after a smooth rehab period.
"When you get hurt, you think about it," he said. "First few pitches, yeah, I thought about it. But after that, I just knew it felt fine. I just went after it."
O'Day takes another step: Reliever Darren O'Day threw off a full mound Saturday after throwing off a half mound Thursday and came out of it well, according to Showalter.
"I saw he had a good face," Showalter said. "I walked by, which Darren's pretty easy to read. He only had one little thing yesterday. Other than that, it went really well. He's moving around, running. We have it mapped out — if everything went on schedule, when he would be activated. But there's three or four obstacles to cross."
Those would include a couple more simulated games, some fielding practice and perhaps a rehab outing. O'Day has not pitched since June 1, but Showalter said if everything goes well with the rest of his recovery, he could return on the upcoming West coast trip, which starts Tuesday in San Diego and ends July 6 in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.