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Chris Davis chooses rehab over shoulder surgery for now

Aug 19, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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Chris Davis met with Dr. James Andrews yesterday and has decided to continue rehabbing his partially torn right shoulder rather than undergo surgery.

Davis was acquired from the Rangers in the Koji Uehara trade last month, but went just 9-for-40 (.225) with 14 strikeouts in 10 games before being shut down on August 14.

He initially attributed the soreness to sleeping on the shoulder wrong, but an MRI exam revealed rotator cuff and labrum damage and he was placed on the disabled list Tuesday.

Mark Reynolds has moved across the diamond from third base to first base in Davis’ absence, with Josh Bell taking over at third base. And surgery or not, Davis seems unlikely to play again this season.

  1. Panda Claus - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Because we all know how well choosing rehab over surgery initially worked for Luke Scott. If surgery enhances the recovery chances over rehab, then go that route. Otherwise Davis risks hosing up next season too.

    • randomdigits - Aug 19, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      Yep baseball players seem a surgery adverse lot. Just on the O’s you have Davis, Scott, Arrieta and Markakis. Of course eventually Scott and Arrieta needed the surgery anyway.

      Now to find out what is wrong with Guthrie’s shoulder…

  2. thehoagster07 - Aug 19, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    If only Amy Winehouse made the same choice…

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