This likely has more to do with cross-training Davis just in case he's needed to step in at right field during the regular season. Davis hasn't played in right field the previous two years but did play the position some in 2012.
Davis has made 39 starts in right field during his MLB career.
“I always feel like if I’m swinging the bat well, I’m going to carry a good average and the home runs are going to be there, the RBI are going to be there," he said. "I think the thing that really killed me was early on obviously the oblique, but I was carrying a decent batting average and I actually had a good number of RBI, but my home runs were down. It was cold. There were some balls you hit that didn’t leave and you kind of start second-guessing yourself.
"The worst thing I could have done was go out there and try to hit home runs and I did that, and you saw the effects of that on my average. There was no doubt that was extremely disappointing. I know I’m way better than a .196 hitter and hopefully go back out there and prove it this year.”
Instead, Davis received an exemption for Vyvanse, which is also used to treat attention-deficit disorder. Davis tested positive for Adderall last season, leading to a 25-game suspension. Vyvanse is less likely to be abused for non-therapeutic reasons, according to MLB doctors, which is why it's been suggested over Adderall.
Davis has tried the new drug this winter, and said it's worked well thus far. "That was part of the process – try the Vyvanse to see I liked it, if I liked it better or wanted to go back to Adderall," Davis said. "I liked Vyvanse better."
Davis still has one game left on his suspension, and will miss opening day this year. After that, Davis said he's "good to go."
The 28-year-old hit .196/.300/.404 over 450 at-bats last year.
"We're equipped to have that be a two- or three-headed player," Showalter said of the Orioles' right-field situation which could include a combination of
I think there are definitely situations where I need to bunt, and I know there was some frustration last year obviously with my batting average being as low as it was - not only on my part but the fan base and maybe even on some of my teammates' part - as far as me hitting into the shift," Davis said on the "Hot Stove Show" on 105.7 The Fan.
Davis hit for his second-lowest average of his career in 2014, post a .196 average with 26 home runs and 76 RBI.
I think the biggest thing for me last year was just seeing how drastic the shift was. I remember when Texas came in, I hit something like three or four balls on a line in the four hole, which is right over the first baseman's right shoulder. These are balls that most of the time are going to be singles, if not doubles, and the second baseman caught them at his chest on a line, and I was just thinking, 'Man, that's not even fair. Those are good hits right there that are being taken away.'"
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|10/5/2014 vs Detroit|
|vs Dickey (Career)||23||6||2||.609||.292||.261|
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|2010||AAA-Oklahoma City RedHaw||103||398||67||130||31||2||14||80||37||105||3||2||.383||.520||.327|
|2011||AAA-Round Rock Express||48||193||39||71||14||1||24||66||11||58||1||0||.405||.824||.368|
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