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Orioles Anxiously Awaiting Chris Davis' Return

July 6, 2017
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis should be back from the 10-day disabled list when play resumes after the All-Star break July 14. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Milwaukee Davis will play one game each for Class-A Frederick and Low-A Delmarva during the break.

Since Davis left the Orioles' June 12 game with a with a strained right oblique, the team has gone 9-13. Davis was batting .226 with 14 home runs, 26 RBIs and a league-leading 95 strikeouts in 61 games.
 
The injury should at least save Davis from a third straight 200-plus strikeout season, and perhaps the five weeks of rest will enable the slugger to come back stronger.
 
In 2016, he played much of the season with a hand injury, and during the season's second half, his stats weren't much different from his beginning in 2017.
 
Last year, Davis batted .200 after the All-Star break, hitting 16 home runs and driving in 26 runs with 97 strikeouts in 71 games.
 
The Orioles are hoping they'll see a second half from Davis that reminds them of his torrid 2015 season, when he hit 28 home runs with 65 RBIs and hit .295 after the break. That performance convinced the Orioles Davis needed to be signed to a seven-year, $161 million contract.
 
Trey Mancini has assumed first base duties in Davis' absence, but the rookie will return to left when Davis returns.
 
While Mancini has hit well with Davis out, his replacements in left field, Hyun Soo Kim and Joey Rickard, haven't. Kim is batting .184 during that span (7-for-38) and hasn't had an extra-base hit since June 2. Rickard is hitting .250 (12-for-48).
 
Davis at first and Mancini in left will be a much more potent combination than Mancini at first and either Kim or Rickard in left.

ORIOLES SWEPT: The Orioles lost their third straight game to the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-0, July 5, and have lost five of their past six. At 40-44, they're four games below .500 for the first time since Sept. 30, 2015.
 
The Orioles were outscored, 18-3, during the three-game sweep.
 
Since there was no designated hitter because the game was played in a National League ballpark, Mark Trumbo played right field and Seth Smith played left field.
 
Left-hander Jayson Aquino was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to start in place of right-hander Chris Tillman, whose wife gave birth to a baby girl July 4. Tillman was placed on the paternity list before the game.
 
Aquino allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits in 5.1 innings. He struck out seven and didn't walk a batter.
 
Zach Britton made his return from the disabled list. The left-hander pitched the seventh inning, allowing a hit and a walk while throwing 19 pitches.
 
ODDS AND ENDS: To make room for Britton on the roster, infielder Ryan Flaherty (right shoulder) was transferred from the 10-day to 60-day disabled list. … The Orioles acquired infielder Milton Ramos from the New York Mets in exchange for international signing bonus slots. Ramos was assigned to Low-A Delmarva.
 
COMING UP: The Orioles open a four-game series at Minnesota July 6. Right-hander Dylan Bundy (8-7, 4.02) faces right-hander Jose Berrios (7-2, 3.44). Game time is 8:10 p.m. ET.