CHICAGO — The Orioles on Wednesday added first baseman-outfielder David Washington in place of injured first baseman Chris Davis, who left the team and was placed on the disabled list after suffering a strained right oblique Monday night.
"It's crazy," said Washington, who was batting eighth as the designated hitter Wednesday. "My mind is going about a million miles per hour right now. I'm very excited. ... It's been crazy. I've been a bit of a wreck trying to get everything together and wrap my mind around being here with these guys. It's been hectic, but it's been great.
Washington hit .257 with three home runs in April, but has seven home runs since then while batting .308 to bring his batting line up to .291/.344/.517 with 10 home runs, 16 doubles and 26 RBIs on the year. In June, he's batting .405 with a 1.272 OPS and three home runs in 10 games.
The key, he said, was "just staying consistent, staying with my approach, and just not trying to do too much at the plate."
The Orioles signed the former St. Louis Cardinals 15th-round draft pick to a minor league contract this offseason, enamored with his back-to-back seasons with 20-plus home runs in the high minors.
Washington, 26, edged out major league veteran Pedro Álvarez for the promotion. Álvarez has been playing the outfield, but hasn't shown he can handle right field at the major league level and otherwise doesn't have a position, while Washington has played right field and first base throughout his minor league career.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Washington was leaving Norfolk to be with the team Tuesday, but manager Buck Showalter said before the game that he couldn't speak to that.
Showalter said Wednesday that Álvarez was a consideration, as were many others, but Washington was the organization's choice.
"He was our hottest hitter, or one of," Showalter said. "Swinging the bat real well in Norfolk. I got to see him a lot in the spring, and he's still a young guy. What, 25ish? He's got a lot of life in his bat. We'll see."
The team also transferred Rule 5 outfielder Anthony Santander (right forearm strain) to the 60-day disabled list. They had an open roster spot on the 40-man before the move, and remain at 39 players with this transaction.
Showalter said Davis had trouble sleeping because of the soreness on Tuesday night, and he still needed a few days of rest before beginning treatment.