Davis on not needing surgery & the 3b job

Orioles infielder Chris Davis will not undergo sports hernia surgery as previously planned as the 25-year-old told MLB.com in a phone interview Wednesday that the plan is to rest and rehab the injury, treating it as an extreme groin strain instead.

Davis, who had originally planned on getting the procedure done in mid-October, saw specialist Dr. John Preskitt at Baylor University Medical Center about a week ago and was told that there wasn’t a pressing need to operate.

“I was pretty relieved,” Davis, who will see Preskitt again in early December, said of avoiding surgery. “At some point, I probably pulled my groin during the season and being on the DL with my [right] labrum injury probably helped, but basically [Preskitt said], ‘What you need is rest.’  And that’s something I haven’t done in two years. I played winter ball last year. I can feel a difference in the two weeks the season has been over already.”

Acquired in a non-waiver Trade Deadline deal from Texas, along with starting pitching Tommy Hunter, Davis admitted it was frustrating to come into a new opportunity at less than 100 percent. He was diagnosed with a slight right labrum tear –a preexisting injury aggravated by playing every day – shortly after coming to Baltimore and also played down the stretch with the groin issue, hitting .276 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 31 games as an Oriole.

“That was my No. 1 concern going into the offseason, was to build some momentum,” Davis said. “And I felt like I did that individual and we did that as a team. We knocked off some of the better teams in baseball [in the season’s final few weeks] and played with the best of them…I don’t think of us were ready for it to end.”

Now that it has, the attention shifts to next spring where Davis’ focus is cracking the Orioles’ starting lineup on Opening Day.

“I’m just looking forward to getting healthy and winning the third base job,” said Davis, who is getting married next month in Dallas. “That’s where my goals are at right now.”

As for his labrum injury –which he also opted to not get surgically repaired – Davis said he hasn’t had a problem since rejoining the Orioles for the season’s final month and he doesn’t expect his shoulder to be a problem going forward, so long as he continues to incorporate his rehab exercises into his offseason program.

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