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White Sox third baseman
Davidson has been sidelined by a stress reaction in his left scapula. He had been experiencing soreness since the third Cactus League game. On Thursday, he swung the bat and significant progress was made in his recovery.
"It's just not fun to swing with that and especially the first couple of weeks of spring," Davidson said. "It's not something where you want to start the season and have it gradually grow. We shut it down for a little bit, rehabbed it and I should be good to go."
“It was very humbling,” Davidson said Thursday, per the Chicago Tribune. “Last year, this jersey with the Sox logo on it and my name on the back felt non-existent, like I would never reach it. To kind of come back here with the same number and see it, it’s a really cool experience, to just play this game of baseball. Last year, I felt like it was gone, which was a very scary feeling that I’ve never felt before. I took things for granted for sure.”
While last spring Davidson entered camp with a chance to win the starting job at third base that won't be the case this year with Conor Gillaspie entrenched as the starter. Davidson instead will focus on mechanics and thought processes rather taking a results-based approach.
“They still believe in me,” Davidson said. “I could be in a lot worse position than I am right now, so I understand that. I take that and all the positives I can because last year, it was negative first.”
Davidson had an awful year after coming over to the club in the offseason. The 23-year-old hit just .199/.283/.362 over 478 at-bats in Triple-A. Coming into the year, Davidson was considered one of the team's better prospects.
While the stats were awful, Davidson maintained that it wasn't due to injury. "Last year, just a lot of bad things as far as my confidence level,” Davidson said. He admitted that he put pressure on himself after being dealt for closer Addison Reed, and things went downhill from there.
With the new season set to begin soon, Davidson is hoping his fortunes will turn. "We’re working to put a really good 2015 together," he said. "Start from scratch and go enjoy the year."
Davidson homered twice Monday, bringing his season total to 15 and finishing June with nine home runs and a .565 slugging percentage in 26 games. In his last 10 games, Davidson is batting .353 (12 for 34) with a .476 on-base percentage, .794 slugging percentage, 1.270 OPS, three doubles, four home runs, seven RBI, seven walks, nine strikeouts and 11 runs.
For the season, he is batting .201 with a .280 on-base percentage, .414 slugging percentage, .694 OPS and 96 strikeouts in 74 games.
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