Os will add 5
Infielder Chris Davis will be activated off the 15-day disabled list and is one of five players scheduled to join the Orioles on Tuesday in New York.
Lefty reliever Clay Rapada, right-hander Jeremy Accardo and third baseman Josh Bell will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk along with Double-A Bowie’s Pedro Florimon, Jr. With Cesar Izturis (groin strain) not progressing as quickly as the team hoped, Florimon will add depth in the middle infield positions. The Orioles will have to add both Rapada and Accardo to the team’s 40-man roster, which is at capacity, by taking two other players off.
Davis played his second rehab game at Bowie on Monday afternoon, going 1-for-3 as the team’s third baseman and he went a combined 3-for-6 in two games, playing first base on Sunday.
“We are hoping to get Chris healthy and get a look at him and better evaluate where he fits,” manager Buck Showalter said of the 25-year-old Davis, who has been on the disabled list since August 10 with a right shoulder strain.
Acquired in a non-waiver Trade Deadline deal with Texas, Davis hit .225 with one homer and three RBIs in 10 games with Baltimore before landing on the DL. While Davis isn’t sure when he suffered the injury, an MRI taken on his shoulder earlier this year showed a tear in his right labrum — aggravated during an August series in Kansas City. Right now, the infielder hopes he can avoid surgery, come back to the Orioles and show his new club what he can do for the final few weeks of the season.
Davis played third base in Monday’s Bowie game, and with Oriole infielder Mark Reynolds’ defensive struggles at third– he had a pair of errors in Sunday’s game to raise his total to 26 at the hot corner– Davis could get an extended look as Baltimore’s third baseman if his shoulder holds up. He can also play first base and left field, both positions — along with third — that are still up for grabs heading into next season.
“One of the good things about him is he’s got a chance to be a plus defender,” Showalter said of Davis. “So the shoulder’s going to have to be good in order to bring that.”