Chris Davis was in a class of his own only a few short years ago, but he's not much more than "a guy" in fantasy nowadays given the new power landscape and Davis' own skill regression in recent seasons. He still has prodigious pop, but Davis' contact ability has slipped considerably, with his strikeout rate leaping from 31 percent to 37.2 percent over the past two years. His performance against lefties has declined dramatically -- Davis has gone from .265/.327/.450 against southpaws in 2015 to .216/.313/.398 to .208/.293/.326 last season (164 plate appearances). At his height, Davis was a three-category anchor, but he's been such a batting-average drain over the past couple seasons, to the point where those contributions have been largely offset. Davis has long been a negative in the field; considering that along with his lefty/righty splits, he's potentially in danger of falling into a platoon at some point in his age-32 season.
Davis (forearm) recorded a single and an RBI across three at-bats in the Orioles' 5-4 loss to the Mets in Sunday's Grapefruit League game. In addition, Davis logged six innings at first base in his first game action with the Orioles in over two weeks after the team held him out while he recovered from a sore right forearm. With an injection having done its part to reduce the soreness in his arm, Davis looks like he'll enter the upcoming campaign with a clean bill of health. Though he won't join the Orioles for their game Monday against the Tigers, Davis will instead play in a minor-league contest in order to pick up more at-bats than would be possible in the Grapefruit League.
Davis (forearm) will lead off for the Orioles and play first base in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports. Per Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, manager Buck Showalter is electing to deploy Davis as the leadoff man in order to get the slugger more at-bats after Davis had been held out spring action for more than two weeks with right forearm soreness. Davis is also expected to get more swings during a minor-league game Monday, which should help the 32-year-old catch up with the rest of the Baltimore regulars before Opening Day.
Davis (forearm) will return to the lineup Sunday against the Mets, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. Davis has been battling arm soreness since late February. He believes he could return Saturday but the team remains cautious and doesn't intend to bring him back until Sunday. Barring any setbacks, the veteran slugger should be ready to go by Opening Day.
Davis (forearm) is feeling much better and hopes to get into game action Saturday, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports. He participated fully in baseball activities Friday and noted that there is still enough time for him to be ready to go for Opening Day. This is a situation that we will continue to monitor, but all signs point to Davis being ready to go for the start of the regular season.
Davis (forearm) swung with his top (left) hand Monday, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. The plan at this point is for the slugger to swing with both hands Tuesday. This will ideally have him on track to return to action this weekend, but a formal return timetable should emerge after news about how his injured right forearm reacts to the increased activity.