Davis was held out of the lineup Friday due to an illness, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. There hasn't been any word pertaining to the severity of Davis' sickness, but more information should be available in the near future. If he has to miss additional time, look for Trey Mancini to fill in at first base.
Davis is out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Angels. The night off will make it the second straight day without a game played for the slugger after the team had an off day Thursday. The sit looks to be a matchup situation as Angels send left-hander Andrew Heaney to the mound. At first base and batting fifth will be Trey Mancini.
Davis went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI and two runs in Monday's 11-3 win over Seattle. Over his first 42 plate appearances of August, Davis collected a measly four hits and four RBI. Things got so bad that manager Buck Showalter recently gave the slugger a day off to mentally regroup. It must have worked considering Davis is 6-for-13 with five RBI in his last three games. It's been a rough 2017 for the 10-year veteran, but a strong finish is still a possibility that owners can remain hopeful for.
Davis is back in the starting lineup Friday, playing first base and batting seventh against Oakland, John Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. The slugger hasn't been penciled into the bottom third of the order since 2014, so Friday's spot is a bit surprising. On the other hand, Davis has been pretty bad lately, hitting just .176 over 85 at-bats since the All-Star break. Typically, sliding down the order hurts a hitter's RBI chances, but that's the least of Davis' worries right now.
Davis is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the A's. The left-handed slugger has looked completely lost at the plate since the calendar turned to August as he's slashing .121/.237/.242 with one home run and 11 strikeouts in 33 at-bats. With that, Davis will get a breather Thursday against Chris Smith and the A's. Look for Davis to return to the lineup Friday, and Trey Mancini will take over at first base for Thursday's series opener.
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