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Chris Davis chooses rest, rehab over sports hernia surgery

Oct 12, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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Sports hernia surgery is popular this month, but Chris Davis has opted against going under the knife and will instead try to rest and rehab the injury that is now being called “an extreme groin strain.”

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Davis got a second opinion and was told that surgery isn’t needed, so he’ll skip winter ball and spend the offseason resting.

If healthy Davis figures to be a regular for the Orioles next season, but it remains to be seen if they prefer him at third base, first base, or perhaps designated hitter. Davis fell out of favor in Texas and was never healthy after coming to Baltimore in a midseason trade, but if the Orioles can live with the huge strikeout totals and shaky defense he’s averaged 25 homers per 550 at-bats and is still just 26 years old.

  1. kopy - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    I wouldn’t trust somebody else holding a knife down there either.

  2. randomdigits - Oct 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Ask Arrieta about not getting surgery, or Luke Scott. Get it fixed and come to spring training healthy.

    It boggles my mind that players will refuse minor surgery in the offseason.

    • Graves - Oct 12, 2011 at 4:19 PM

      I totally agree. The worst stuff is when they wait and wait and wait and finally go under the knife late enough that the recovery stretches well into the next season. If the surgery is going to work, just do it and start rehab over the winter so you’re ready by Spring Training.

      • paperlions - Oct 12, 2011 at 5:21 PM

        Yeah, but this is Chris Davis, so….addition by subtraction.

    • jimbo1949 - Oct 12, 2011 at 9:39 PM

      It’s the Shaq syndrome. Why screw up your vacation (off season) having surgery? Wait until you’re back on the clock, then take sick time (go on the DL). It’s the American way

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