Davis has transitioned from first base to pitching and has made three appearances for the Dodgers' rookie-level Arizona League affiliate, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. He's tossed 2.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and three walks while striking out five batters. The Mets looked like they had a long-term solution at first base after Davis crushed 32 home runs for New York as a 25-year-old in 2012, but a subsequent downturn in his power production coupled with injuries and an inability to solve left-handed pitching ultimately stunted his development. After bouncing around six different organizations the last four seasons and showing little improvement with his hitting with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate at Oklahoma City in 2017, the now-30-year-old Davis decided to try his hand at pitching again after having previously served as a closer for Arizona State during his amateur career. The early returns from the mound have been encouraging for Davis, who has pitching in his bloodlines -- his father, Ron, was a reliever for 11 years in the big leagues. The lefty still has a long way to go before surfacing again in the majors, but given his existing familiarity with pitching from his college days, Davis' learning curve may be shorter than what most position-players-turned-pitchers experience.
Davis signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. The former Met has bounced around in recent years with stints with the Pirates, A's, and Yankees in the past three years. He played just eight games with the Yankees last season, collecting three hits and five strikeouts in 14 at-bats. Given that the Dodgers have Adrian Gonzalez and a handful of viable fill-ins at first base on the active roster, Davis appears destined to stick in the minors for much of the season.
Davis was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Saturday, Brendan Kuty of the Star-Ledger reports. This move was a result of Mark Teixeira being activated from the DL. If Davis clears waivers he will head to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Mets started Davis for a stretch in mid-June, but the veteran went just 3-for-14 with five K's. They have opted to leave Rob Refsnyder with backup duties at first.
Davis is not in the lineup Wednesday for the second day in a row. Davis started at first base four times in a five-game stretch last week, but it appears the Yankees have turned back to Rob Refsnyder at first base, as he will start Wednesday for the second day in a row. Neither player figures to see much action when Mark Teixeira returns to action in the near future, but one of them will likely slot in as Teixeira's backup.
Davis is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies. Davis had been locked into a strict platoon at first base with Rob Refsnyder after signing with the Yankees, but he'll head to the bench Tuesday despite the right-handed Chad Bettis being scheduled to pitch for Colorado. The 29-year-old has hit just .214 with his new club and may be at risk of seeing a further drop in playing time -- or losing his roster spot completely -- with Mark Teixeira slated to return from the DL on Saturday.