Orioles notes: Chris Davis on downswing again; Craig Gentry to see doctor Monday in Baltimore

Cleveland — After Orioles first baseman Chris Davis got a maintenance day last month in Oakland, there were plenty of indications that things were stabilizing at the plate for him.

He hit .303 with an .895 OPS and seven multihit games in his next 21, but once the calendar turned to September, he regressed.


"He was out here early today, trying to get back a little bit and work on a couple things," manager Buck Showalter said as his slugger entered Sunday night's game against the Cleveland Indians in a 3-for-29 slump. "But Chris is never giving in to it. People think he just goes up there. He's worked hard behind the scenes, but no, we thought and Chris did, too, that he was getting ready to have one of those Chris months. The last few games haven't been as good as he hoped. But, there's always that chance that he could really get going and get hot."

Davis is batting .219 with a .744 OPS and 23 home runs in 110 games, having missed a month with a strained oblique before the All-Star break.


Gentry return imminent

Outfielder Craig Gentry remained in Baltimore this weekend ahead of a Monday appointment to get his fractured right middle finger checked out, and said he hopes he's able to be activated when eligible Tuesday.

"We're hoping the doctor clears him and he'll join us in Toronto as, at worst, a pinch runner," Showalter said. "Before that ligament, people say why didn't you just pinch-run him. Well, you couldn't slide with it. If that ligament is reattached, then that risk factor goes away. They're awaiting it. They have an X-ray machine that can do an X-ray as you're moving it. That's why he's not here, the risk of injuring it. I'm hoping we get good news on Monday. We've missed him."

Gentry had grown into a larger role in his third major league stint. Before fracturing his finger on a bunt attempt Sept. 1 against the New York Yankees, he was batting .350 with a .939 OPS in his past six starts since his July 30 call-up.

Gausman bumped for blister

The Orioles initially announced their rotation for the three-game series in Toronto with Kevin Gausman pitching on four days' rest on Tuesday and Dylan Bundy getting over a week of rest Wednesday, but they swapped that soon thereafter.

"There's another reason I'm not going to broadcast, but Kevin has had a blister issue that would be fine, but we have the luxury of giving him an extra day and Dylan has plenty of rest," Showalter said. "We just thought we'd give him one more day. I like to give Kevin an extra day when we can. We don't have that luxury very often, but we can this time because of the off-day we had with the rainout."

Even though the Orioles played on Thursday's day off, the rotation was reset with Bundy pushed back to the end from that day. He last pitched Monday against the Yankees.


Buck on Irma

With Hurricane Irma fast approaching the Orioles' spring training home in Sarasota, Fla., and the offseason homes of several players in that state, Showalter said he was trying to keep up with all the team's connections there in regards to the storm.

"Anytime you have spring training down in Florida, you have a lot of relationships down there," he said. "Our minicamp was supposed to start on [last Friday], and the instructional league was supposed to start [this Friday]. I doubt it's going to.

"There's a lot more important things than how our structure holds up. I've been through those things and they're scary. Just the sound alone, it makes you realize. I remember sitting through some. It makes you realize how you think you're prepared for something like that, but you're not. Mother Nature has no defense."

Around the horn

Double-A Bowie and High-A Frederick each lost Saturday night to eliminate them from the Eastern League and Carolina League playoffs, respectively. ... The Orioles will wear caps with American flag patches on Monday in Toronto to commemorate Sept. 11.