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Chris Davis To See Less Playing Time As Orioles Evaluate Younger Players

August 23, 2019
As the Orioles look toward the future, is Chris Davis part of their plans? 

Manager Brandon Hyde confirmed Aug. 22 that the struggling first baseman will see his playing time decrease for the rest of the season. The Orioles want to get a look at some of the younger talent on the current team and when rosters expand in September. Davis hasn't played since Aug. 18.

"I think there are people we want to see and there's at-bats that we want to give to guys," Hyde said. "I'm just going to continue to pick my spots with CD, and we've had conversations about it."

Davis, 33, has endured another frustrating season. He is slashing .179/.270/.312 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs during 90 games. Davis has also struck out 14 times in his last 10 games.

In April, Davis snapped a major-league-record 0-for-54 skid when he lined a single to right field against the Boston Red Sox. He also had a confrontation with Hyde in the dugout Aug. 9 during a game against the New York Yankees. Both Hyde and Davis downplayed the incident. 

At the end of the day, it's all about being a productive player. While Davis is a superior defender, the struggles at the plate are too hard to ignore. 

"I don't think he's swung the bat this year the way he wanted to, and I think there's some adjustments he needs to make," Hyde said, "and he's aware of that, and the bottom line is we're going to continue to give some of our younger players some opportunities, especially this time of the year as we go into the offseason."

Trey Mancini has taken Davis' spot at first base. In addition to the potential call-ups, designated hitter/outfielder Mark Trumbo is hoping that he is healthy enough from his knee injury to rejoin the club in September.

Hyde said Davis fully understands the club's decision and there has not been any backlash. 

"He's been a pro the entire way, 100 percent pro," Hyde said. "He understands, I think you see him in the dugout supporting our guys. I've seen him pull aside a couple guys when we've done some things on the bases that haven't been appropriate or right. He's just done a really nice job. He's been great in the clubhouse and he's handled this situation really well."

It's still too early to determine Davis' long-term future with the club. For now, Hyde and general manager Mike Elias are focused on helping Davis.

"We've had a lot of discussions with him as well as Mike on planning out his offseason and some things we want to see him improve on," Hyde said. "We're continuing to have those."

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