Manager Buck Showalter told reporters in St. Petersburg, Fla. that it was unlikely Chris Davis would be back with the team on Sunday when he’s eligible to be activated from the disabled list.
That’s not bad news. That’s terrific news.
When Davis strained his left oblique muscle on Apr. 25, the hope was he could stay off the disabled list. When it was announced Davis was going to the DL, the hope was that his stay would be brief.
While the hope was that his stay would be brief, the fear was that it would be longer, much longer. After all, Wei-Yin Chen strained his oblique muscle last year, and he was gone for nearly two months.
The Orioles stayed with in-house options at first base: Ryan Flaherty, Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce, who was rescued after being designated for assignment three days before Davis’ injury.
Perhaps their reluctance to make a move to shore up first base is an indication that they had confidence Davis would be back soon.
He continued his rehab today, spending some time in the batting cage, playing catch and taking ground balls.
Showalter said Davis would need a few rehab games before he’s ready.
If Davis can be ready in a week or two, that counts as great news around here.