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Slumping Orioles Slugger Chris Davis Sits, But For How Long?

August 11, 2017
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Since Chris Davis returned from a month-long stay on the disabled list, he's batted .176 in 24 games with four home runs and 15 RBIs.
 
The first baseman, who missed time with a strained right oblique, is healthy, but he's in a 2-for-25 slump that's brought his average down to .212.

Davis was a rare healthy scratch for the Orioles in their 7-2 win against the Oakland Athletics Aug. 10.
 
Trey Mancini started at first base and hit two home runs.
 
"I'm just giving him a day or so," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He's available. Just give him a day to kind of get him to restart. We all need it now or then."
 
Davis has had three seven-game hitting streaks this season, but he hasn't had a three-hit game since May 16.
 
"Let him have a day or so. We'll see if we take two," Showalter said. "A lot depends of what kind of happens over the next 24-48 hours with some work that he's going to do."
 
Davis, who signed a seven-year, $161 million contract in January 2016, lead the major leagues in home runs in 2013 and 2015, but this year he has 18 in 85 games.
 
"Chris is a guy that when he's good he can really carry it for an extended period of time," Showalter said. "When he's struggles, it can be a challenge for him."
 
After the game, Showalter declined to say if Davis would play Aug. 11.
 
"We're going to discuss it tomorrow. Maybe a little bit tonight," Showalter said. "It'll be tomorrow or the next day, for sure."
 
Showalter is hoping Davis will get his work done and focus on the rest of the season.
 
"Whatever's gotten us to this point, let's go forward. You can't live too much in the past," Showalter said. "You've got to live with it. In this job that these guys do and all of us do, you can't have off days mentally and emotionally. It's a challenge for everybody. Chris is not the only one."
 
Designated hitter Mark Trumbo, back in the lineup after a stint on the DL due to a right rib cage injury, was in an 0-for-24 slump before hitting his 18th home run in the sixth inning.
 
"I was hoping that with the 10 days with Trum, obviously, it was a physical thing, but  mentally and emotionally … it might take some time, but knowing Trumbo, he's liable to get off for a month," Showalter said.
 
The home run helped, Showalter noted.
 
"Mark has such high expectations every at-bat, and I know how he lives with it," Showalter said. "He wants to do well every aspect of the game, every day. I don't have any problem with that. He handles it well, but it eats at him."
 
Showalter thinks Davis will get on track.
 
"We're going to need him these last six weeks or so," Showalter said. "I have a lot of confidence that he's going to be a guy that we can count on."

That said, Showalter said the team, who played without Davis earlier this season, will be competitive even if Davis doesn't bounce back.

"You hold out hope, but we've won a lot of games without that happening," Showalter said.

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