As Chris Davis tripped over the first base bag late Friday night, Orioles fans gasped.
Just named the American League Player of the Month, the suddenly irreplaceable Orioles first baseman had to leave the game with a right knee injury.
He’s played in every game so far, and he’s played a creditable first base. Davis, Adam Jones, Matt Wieters and Manny Machado simply can’t be lost for a significant length of time.
Davis will have an MRI on his right knee this morning, and the Orioles are hoping for the best.
If the injury is one that won’t require Davis going on the disabled list, Ryan Flaherty, who played there last night, Steve Pearce, Nick Markakis or Matt Wieters can all play there.
If Davis has to go on the disabled list, then the Orioles would probably summon Travis Ishikawa from Norfolk to play first. Ishikawa, who’d have to be added to the 40-man roster, doesn’t hit for power, but plays an excellent first base. Ishikawa has significant major league experience with San Francisco and Milwaukee.
Last year, Markakis was twice lost for significant periods of time. The Orioles floundered the first time, but thanks to Nate McLouth weathered the second.
The depth the Orioles stockpiled will now be tested.
Miguel Gonzalez had trouble pitching with a blister on his hand for the second straight start. After Sunday’s game, the Orioles have three off days, May 6, 13 and 16, and one stretch of six games in a row, so even if Gonzalez has to miss a start, the team has a good bit of maneuverability.