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Orioles notebook: Chris Davis out of lineup for first time this season

Orioles notebook: Chris Davis out of lineup for first time this season
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis digs up a grounder hit by New York Yankees batter Mark Teixeira, who later left with an injury, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 3, 2016. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

When the brawl broke out in the fifth inning of the Orioles' game against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, Chris Davis was the first one in the middle of it.

One day later, the first baseman has his first day off this season.

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Still, manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday is nothing more than a day off for Davis, who entered the game hitting .214 with 12 home runs in 57 games. Davis went 1-for-4 with a towering home run two batters after the fight Tuesday.

"Just trying to pick some time for him to get a day," Showalter said. "We try to do it with a lot of guys. … Nothing's gotten worse. It's just that time, talking to him today and last night, after the game, it'd be a good day to give him.

"I can only speak from my experience, for me, there's a lot of adrenaline and different stuff flowing. It's like Chris breaks a bat over his leg, doesn't feel it until the next day and might have a bruise there. … There's a couple things I'd like to give him a day for. … Nothing that one day is going to take care of. Next time it's taken care of, hopefully, will be starting in November."

After the game, Showalter said if Davis feels "exactly like he did" Wednesday, he probably wouldn't play Thursday.

"I'm expecting him to be ready to go tomorrow if he shows the improvement he's capable of," Showalter said.

Showalter added that third baseman Manny Machado will also likely have a day off soon, in the form of a suspension for charging at Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and punching him after being hit with a pitch. Machado was another player Showalter wanted to rest by the end of the month.

Machado, Davis, Mark Trumbo and Jonathan Schoop had played all 57 games entering Wednesday. Davis played in 160 last season.

"Chris was in my office late last night after everybody left, and we were talking about a bunch of stuff," Showalter said. "He said the one thing he remembers is looking up and I was in his face."

Trumbo batted fourth and played first for Davis on Wednesday night.

Duquette recalls past drafts: The Major League Baseball draft begins Thursday, and the Orioles pick four times in the first 91 picks, starting with No. 27. It will be executive vice president Dan Duquette's fifth draft with the organization. In his first, he Orioles selected Kevin Gausman with the No. 4 overall pick.

In reflecting on his drafts with the Orioles, however, Duquette has found areas for improvement.

"I don't think we're ever happy with any of our drafts, although I gotta say that we've gotten some good return pretty quickly from some of our drafts, and there's some more players on the way," he said. "The big thing to have available is players to trade when you're in a pennant race so that you can add to the team. Or, you can bring up players to help you.

"Recently, we've been trading them because we've been in contention, so we've gotta keep restocking our pipeline and keep things going all the time."

Gallardo nearing an answer: Coming off of Tuesday's rehabilitation start at Triple-A Norfolk, Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo doesn't yet know what his next step is, but he might after a work day in Toronto on Thursday.

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Gallardo threw 85 pitches over five innings Tuesday, giving up three runs while walking two and striking out five. The Orioles leave for Toronto after Wednesday's series finale against the Royals.

Gallardo went on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury on April 23 and has not pitched for the Orioles since April 22, when he left after two innings. He said he didn't throw for three weeks after that and is now doing well considering the time off.

"I'm anxious to get out there, but at the same time I think we have to discuss the proper way of going about it," Gallardo said. "It's going to take time, but like I said before, I feel good. I've been feeling really well — the start days and the following days and even on the bullpen days, which is a positive sign."

If Gallardo stays on schedule and makes his next start in the big leagues, he would be on track to pitch Sunday. That day's current starter would be Ubaldo Jimenez, who allowed one run in five innings Tuesday.

Around the horn: Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph, who has been on the 15-day DL since May 31 with a groin-area injury, will report to Double-A Bowie on June 14 if he's cleared. He cannot catch for four weeks after the injury, so he will serve as the designated hitter starting next week. … Duquette said Wednesday that left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez will opt out of his minor league contract. Rodriguez signed the deal in late April, but has not pitched in a game yet. … The Orioles named Pat Di Gregory their director of professional scouting and special projects. Di Gregory was previously the coordinator of baseball operations.

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