Davidson went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in Friday's 8-3 win over the Brewers. Batting cleanup as the first baseman, Davidson capped off the scoring in a six-run second inning with his first long ball of the season. In fact, it was his first MLB homer in nearly two calendar years -- his last was Sept. 3, 2018 as a member of the White Sox. On the strength of a hot spring training and summer camp, Davidson has carved out a role against left-handed pitching.
Davidson denied Saturday that he had COVID-19, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Davidson experienced symptoms following last week's Opening Day game and did test positive on one test but tested negative on all future tests, including tests for antibodies. That explains why he was able to return just one week later, appearing off the bench Friday against the Tigers.
Davidson was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday. Davidson tested positive for the virus Saturday but is back with the team after being sidelined for less than a week. He served as the designated hitter against a lefty on Opening Day and could be set to continue in that role going forward, with Jesse Winker earning the starts against righties.
Davidson was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Saturday. Davidson started in the Reds' Opening Day contest Friday, but he'll now be sidelined for the foreseeable future after testing positive for COVID-19. It's unclear whether the 29-year-old is exhibiting symptoms, but he'll have to produce two negative tests before MLB protocol allows him to rejoin the team.
Davidson will bat sixth and serve as the designated hitter in Friday's Opening Day game against Detroit. Davidson is seemingly in line to fill the short side of a platoon as designated hitter, as he'll be preferred to Jesse WInker at the position with a lefty (Matthew Boyd) on the mound for the Tigers. The 29-year-old owns a 119 career wRC+ against lefties (compared to an 88 wRC+ against righties), so he should be well-suited to the role.
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