Davis (hip) announced his retirement from baseball Thursday. The 35-year-old calls it quits on a 13-year career spent with the Rangers and Orioles. He'll retire with 295 homers (including 53 in his All-Star season back in 2013) and 1,160 hits. While he was one of the league's best power hitters in the middle of the last decade, he's struggled significantly since the start of the 2018 season, hitting .169/.251/.299 over that span, so the decision comes as little surprise. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, he'll still be paid the $23 million remaining on his seven-year, $161 million deal next season despite his retirement, though a portion of that money will be deferred. Davis never saw game action in 2021 while dealing with back and hip injuries.
Orioles general manager Mike Elias said that Davis (back) underwent arthroscopic left hip labrum surgery Wednesday in Dallas, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports. Elias said Davis "projects to be out for the season" while he spends the next 4-to-5 months recovering from the procedure. Davis had been shut down in spring training with what the Orioles initially called a lower-back strain. After opening the season on the 60-day injured list, Davis had been rehabbing on his own with the goal of making a return at some point over the summer, but he apparently wasn't progressing as quickly as he hoped. With surgery ultimately being deemed necessary to address the lower-back/hip injury, Davis will have his entire 2021 season wiped out, though Baltimore likely wasn't counting on him being much of a contributor. Davis will look to be back to full health for the start of spring training, when he'll be entering the final season of his seven-year, $161 contract he signed in January 2016. Davis has provided little return on that massive investment, compiling a weak .196/.291/.379 batting line (79 wRC+) while striking out in 36 percent of his plate appearances over the first five years of the deal.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Sunday that Davis (back) is conducting his rehab program in Texas at an outpatient facility, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports. Davis is without a clear timeline for a return, but his presence on the 60-day injured list means he won't be eligible to make his season debut until at least late May. The rebuilding Orioles likely aren't counting on the pricey first baseman to make much of an on-field impact in 2021.
Davis (back) was placed on the 60-day injured list Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Davis was shut down in early March due to a lower-back strain, and he'll miss extended time to begin the regular season. Trey Mancini is slated to begin the season as the Orioles' everyday first baseman, and it's not yet clear when Davis could return. The Orioles quickly filled the vacancy on their 40-man roster by signing left-hander Wade LeBlanc to a major-league deal.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde acknowledged the possibility Monday that Davis (back) could begin the season on the 60-day injured list, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Davis has yet to resume workouts with the Orioles since being shut down in early March with a lower-back strain that required an evaluation from a specialist. While the Orioles haven't shed much light on the severity of Davis' injury, it's clear that he'll need to spend more than the minimum 10 days on the IL to begin the season. Considering that Davis has slashed .196/.291/.379 since signing a seven-year, $161 million extension in January 2016, the Orioles are most likely viewing him as a sunk cost at this point, so don't expect the rebuilding club to rush him back even if his condition takes a dramatic turn for the better in the near future. Trey Mancini is slated to open the season as the Orioles' everyday first baseman.