Although he was hesitant to offer a firm timeline on Chris Davis’ recovery earlier in the homestand, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Sunday that the first baseman will “probably” come off the injured list during the team’s upcoming trip to Texas.
“I think he’s hitting right now and if all checks out, he’ll probably play in Texas,” Hyde said.
Davis, who was placed on the IL on May 26 with left hip inflammation after going 1-for-19 in his prior six games, is eligible to return when the Orioles begin a three-game series with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday in Arlington. Hyde said the team will need to evaluate whether it will send down a pitcher or position player to make room for Davis on the 25-man roster. Although Hyde might prefer to work with a larger bench, he also said the Orioles could use a variety of arms to navigate their following series at the Houston Astros.
Outfielder DJ Stewart, called up when Davis was put on the IL, is 0-for-16 with seven strikeouts since a 3-for-3 start, but he appears to be safe on the roster for the time being. After Sunday’s 8-1 loss, the Orioles optioned utility player Stevie Wilkerson and catcher Austin Wynns. The team did not announce corresponding roster moves, but Davis will likely receive one of the roster spots when the Orioles begin their series with the Rangers on Tuesday, while Chance Sisco, who led Baltimore’s minor-league affiliates in home runs before Ryan Mountcastle hit three Sunday, could be also be promoted with Pedro Severino now the only catcher on the 25-man roster. Stewart likely assumes Wilkerson’s duties as Keon Broxton’s backup in center field.
Trumbo to continue rehab with Norfolk
Another first baseman is also continuing his progress toward a return to the Orioles.
Mark Trumbo (right knee) will continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk beginning Tuesday, he said. Trumbo went 3-for-13 in three games with Double-A Bowie, including playing consecutive games Thursday and Friday.
With the Tides on a road trip through Durham and Columbus, Trumbo hopes to again play back-to-back games before progressing to three contests in a row. He’ll be with Norfolk for the next “week and change,” he said, before a mid-June evaluation.
Trumbo said he is continuing to adjust to recovery aspects after the knee surgery he underwent last season and is wearing a light brace when he plays.
“Overall, it’s been pretty good,” Trumbo said. “It’s kind of a new normal for what it generally feels like after any kind of strenuous running activity, so trying to wrap my head around that the best I can and kind of figure out how I can make things work with where we’re at.”
Hyde missed Saturday’s game so he could be at the high school graduation for his daughter, Aria, in Chicago. He was thankful the Orioles let him attend.
“Really appreciated the organization allowing me to go,” Hyde said. “It was a pretty special day watching Aria graduate and being with the family for about 24 hours and flying back this morning early. Happy to be back, but it was a great day yesterday.”
Despite the ceremony, Hyde managed to keep up with his team.
“I might have had my phone with the game on during the ceremony,” Hyde said. “Watched the majority of [the game] except when they announced her. Besides that, my face was in my phone.”
Orioles honor Bochy
Before Sunday’s game, Hyde and the Orioles honored Giants manager Bruce Bochy with a pregame presentation. Bochy, 64, has managed San Francisco to three World Series titles and earned his 1,950th managerial victory Sunday. He will retire at the end of this season.
The Orioles presented Bochy with a set of Sagamore Spirit Rye bottles engraved with his career accomplishments, and he and Hyde posed for pictures behind home plate.
“That was awesome,” said Hyde, who grew up a Giants fan. “He’s somebody that I truly admire. He’s a Hall of Fame-level manager that has done a lot of great things in this game. Really cool to be on the same field as him, and I think he appreciated it. It’s the least we could do for somebody that’s done so much for the game.”
Sunday marked Bochy’s 999th victory as the Giants’ manager.
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The Orioles wore #VoteTrey shirts before the game to promote outfielder/first baseman Trey Mancini’s All-Star Game campaign, though Mancini deflected on self-promotion by not wearing his. … Hyde said he will spend Monday’s day off playing golf, eating a nice dinner and watching the draft to “root on” general manager/executive vice president Mike Elias.