Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, with his hand iced and bandaged, said after Sunday’s game against the Boston Red Sox that he’d probably be out for a few days if the regular season was ongoing.
Instead, his tremendous 2013 season ended in the fourth inning of Sunday’s finale when he sprained his left wrist attempting to make a catch at first base.
“It’d be a couple days. I think it is one of those things where it is so sore right now that it is hard to tell,” Davis said. “But I think it would be a one- or two-day thing, nothing serious.”
X-rays were negative and Davis doesn’t expect any trouble with the wrist going forward, though he was forced to end the season about six innings prematurely.
“It was sore. The biggest thing was playing catch,” Davis said. “I could still feel it every time the ball hit my glove. I knew there was no way I was going to be able to swing a bat. The X-rays were negative. No breaks, no fractures. Basically just a sprained wrist and it’s nothing that should be lingering in the offseason.”
It all happened pretty quickly in the fourth inning. Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury dropped a bunt in front of the plate that Orioles catcher Steve Clevenger fielded and then threw to first. Davis was attempting to grab the throw as it sailed into Ellsbury, who inadvertently snapped Davis’ glove hand backwards as he dashed by.
“It kind of rattled me a little bit, a play like that,” Davis said. “That’s a play that every first baseman hates, ball going back into the runner. You’ve got to try and make a play, but at the same time try to avoid contact. It was just one of those plays.”
He tried to stay in the game, but the pain was too constant so he walked off the field to a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd. He also received another ovation after the seventh inning when the Orioles played his highlights on the video board.
“It’s a weird feeling because you don’t have a chance to go back in the game, but the fact that they hung around and showed their appreciation is huge,” said Davis, who completed the season leading the major leagues in home runs (53) and RBIs (138). "It makes it all that much more sweeter whenever you get a chance to go out and play in front of the group of fans that we have.”
Defense sets records
Despite Clevenger’s miscue, the Orioles easily set the major league record for fewest errors in a 162-game season, with 54. The previous mark was 65 by the 2003 Seattle Mariners.
The Orioles also set a record, dating back to 1900, for most errorless games in a season at 119. Their .991 fielding percentage is the best in baseball history, eclipsing the .989 mark set by the 2007 Colorado Rockies.
“I remember the other day thinking the first night I was sitting in the dugout here (in 2010), looking around, knowing (defense) was something we needed to get better at. And they were trying to, it’s just we didn’t have the personnel,” Showalter said. “It just tells you we’ve got to really try to get better as a pitching staff if we have that good a defense.”
Orioles draw 2.36 million in 2013
On the final day of the season, the Orioles picked up their seventh sell out, with an announced crowd of 44,230 at Camden Yards.
That pushed the 81-game season total to 2,357,101, which is the highest for a year since 2005, when the Orioles drew 2.62 million people. More than 2 million people attended games this year for The Orioles have drawn more than 2 million for the second consecutive season, the first time that has occurred since 2006-2007.
They also averaged 29,100 fans per game in 2013, most since 2005's 32,404.
Around the horn
Adam Jones placed second in Most Valuable Oriole voting and garnered the only first place vote that did not go to Davis. Manny Machado placed third and Chris Tillman also received votes. ... Both Neither Jones nor and Matt Wieters were not in Sunday’s lineup. Wieters had played 148 games this season, 134 behind the plate, and Jones had played 160. The Orioles wanted Clevenger to get some time catching and Jones has been dealing with several injuries, including includes sore wrists and right shoulder pain. ... Outfielder Chris Dickerson said he has a slight tear in his right hamstring tendon and also has been dealing with a slight herniated disk in his back that has been causing irritation. He’s been told to rest for six to eight weeks. .. Outfielder Michael Morse (sore left wrist) will see a hand specialist on Wednesday in Sarasota and then get a second opinion at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota on Oct. 7. He’ll decide after that whether he’ll need surgery.