Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis left last night's game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fifth inning, after stepping on the bag awkwardly while legging out a ground ball. The American League Player of the Month for April, the slugger's right knee appeared to buckle as he lunged at the bag in an attempt to beat out the throw by Angels' third baseman Alberto Callaspo on a bang-bang play.
A MRI exam is scheduled for today to gauge the severity of the damage. Remaining upbeat and optimistic about the situation, Davis hopes to be back in the lineup soon, his hot start not interrupted by a trip to the disabled list.
My knee kind of buckled ... Felt a tingling in my foot, thought I could walk it off.
Went down the stairs, tried to go down the stairs, couldn't go down the
stairs. We'll see how it goes. Everything was intact ... Hopefully, it will just be a couple days.
Currently hitting at a Herculean .330/.431/.690 slash line, good for a 197 OPS+ and 192 wRC+, Davis' offensive fireworks have him on the AL leaderboards in a number of categories, including Wins Above Replacement (8th, 1.7 WAR), home runs (tied 1st, 9), slugging percentage (1st, .690), batting average (8th, .330), and runs scored (tied 7th, 19), among other statistics.
Replaced by Ryan Flaherty at first base at the time the injury occurred, Baltimore will also look to Steve Pearce to play first base should Davis require significant time out to recover. Earlier in the season, the Orioles lost first baseman/designated hitter Wilson Betemit to a posterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee, which prompted the team to move Davis to first base full time.
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