BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis knew something was amiss. The first baseman wasn’t feeling quite right.
He left the Orioles game in Chicago June 12 with a strained right oblique and he’s on the 10-day disabled list with no return date yet.
"It was an accumulation of a few games before the Chicago game. I think it was probably just stress," Davis said. "We had a good stretch there where we were playing a lot of games, a lot of long games, a lot of grueling, strenuous games. And I think the competitor in me was really trying to probably do too much. Whether it was in between at-bats, in between games, in between innings. Whatever. Just trying to get going. And I just think it’s one of those things where, like I said, there’s really not much you can do to protect it or strengthen it. It’s just kind of in a vulnerable spot."
Davis says he’s just resting now, and he’s in pain.
"Just kind of an annoying injury," Davis said.
Davis injured his left oblique and went on the disabled list in April 2014.
"I don’t feel like this is as severe, but it takes so much time to get the swelling down, the inflammation out and then you can get to a point where you can try to do any kind of work," Davis said.
Manager Buck Showalter was asked it was possible that Davis could be back by the All-Star break, and said that wasn’t going to happen.
"I think three weeks would be real ambitious," Showalter said. "I’d sign up for that right now, but it was grade 1. He had it before on the other side. I love to think that was the case. These things are so hard to get a grip on. I’ve seen them where you go out and test them at a certain period of time and not that you reinjure it, but you certainly bring it into play more."
Davis has had a history of trying to play through injuries. Many thought he came back too quickly from the oblique injury in 2014, a year he hit just .196.
"I’m sure that everybody involved is going to try to get me to be more patient," Davis said. "My mentality is always to try to do everything I can to get back on the field as quickly as possible. That doesn’t mean that’s always the smartest thing, and I think any injury that I think I can play through, I’m going to do that…This is a different injury. Everything we do is twisting and turning. I’ll take it day-by-day. [The training staff], they know what they’re doing. I trust them and trust that they have my best interest in mind."
Showalter said that he doesn’t think Davis will rush back.
"With this one…you’re completely fine, or you’re not. There’s no in-between with this type of thing," Showalter said. "You’re either you can swing and feel nothing or it’s sharp and biting. With this type of injury, there’s not a whole lot in between. When it’s right, it’s right. What they do between the locker room and their house, what they may do in the backyard testing stuff out, you can caution them as much as possible, you’re still kind of at their mercy away from here."
WRIGHT SITTNG IT OUT: Mike Wright, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with bursitis in his right shoulder, had a cortisone shot June 16. Showalter said that Wright is unlikely to be activated when he’s eligible and may go down to Sarasota, Fla., where he lives, for rehabilitation.
Wright said he first noticed soreness after his first back-to-back outings on May 31 and June 1.
He had three days off before his June 14 outing in Chicago, but he’s found transitioning from starting to relief a bit of a challenge.
"It’s not just always what I want and what rest that I need because the team needs somebody that can pitch," Wright said. "It’s been a little bit of an adjustment and hopefully when I get back I can get used to it."
JIMENEZ GETTING READY: Ubaldo Jimenez will start on June 18 for the first time since May 22. The right-hander will replace Alec Asher, another right-hander who replaced him. Asher will be in the bullpen beginning June 17.
"I’m excited. That’s what I’ve been doing my whole career so it’s good to get back," Jimenez said. "I just want to get the job done. Like I told Buck when they told me I was going to be a reliever, I told him I was going to do whatever possible to do the best job i can wherever I am."
Showalter noted that because Jimenez has had limited relief experience, he doesn’t bounce back as quickly as other relievers and needs more time between appearances.
"It is difficult. I’ve been a starter for 15 years," Jimenez said. "Since I signed with pro ball, so yeah it’s been difficult. Takes a lot. I wish I could throw everyday but I’m not used to that. You see the relievers that throw back to back days, they even get ready in spring training for that."