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Chris Davis DL bound with strained oblique

Apr 26, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

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2013 AL home run champ Chris Davis thought he could avoid the disabled list after suffering a strained oblique Friday, but following an MRI on Saturday, the Orioles made the decision to hold him out for 15 days.

“A little bit worse than what we thought it was going to be,” Davis said. “Strain, I guess is what we’re calling it. Obviously, the oblique. It’s kind of crazy because I don’t feel terrible. I’ve never had anything like this before. I figured it would just be a few days and then we’d forget about it.”

It’s a badly-timed injury for the Orioles, as they just DFA’d their backup first baseman, Steve Pearce, on Tuesday. As a result, they had Nick Markakis make his third career start at the position on Friday. Both of their first basemen in Triple-A, Brett Wallace and Chris Marrero, are off to lousy starts. Wallace, the former Astro, is hitting .167/.197/.208 with no homers in 72 at-bats, while Marrero, a longtime Nationals prospect, is at .210/.306/.371 in 62 at-bats.

As a result, the Orioles might just continue to go with Markakis at first, Nelson Cruz in right and a committee at DH for the next couple of weeks. Delmon Young would stand to be the biggest beneficiary there.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 27, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    I am relieved that he will not need Tommy John Surgery; however, he might miss a month.

    • nbjays - Apr 27, 2014 at 7:58 AM

      I dunno, PC, Crush is a pretty good pitcher. Maybe he should have TJ just in case.

  2. beachnbaseball - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    He’s probably out for 4-6 weeks which might be a blessing in disguise. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find someone to fill in for him. After all, he’s hitting a measly .250 with 2 dingers and 13 RBI’s. And in 76 AB’s so far this season he’s struck out 25 times. It’s hard to miss someone like that.

  3. justwinsomeday - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Might be a blessing in disguise long term, another 40+ HR season and Boras would definitely out price the O’s ability to pay. Maybe now he won’t try to justify a 180 million dollar plus contract.

  4. rje49 - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    So an oblique is in the elbow? I didn’t know that. It’s one of those terms that’s commonly used but rarely explained, I’d guess.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      The funny bone is also located in the elbow.

  5. karlkolchak - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    If Davis is fully health at renewal time, time, it won’t matter one iota.

  6. M.C. Antil - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    History has shown he’s looking at — or should be looking at — six weeks minimum. That’s the only hope he has to salvage the last half of 2014 and, just maybe, get into the zone he occupied for so long last year.

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