Davis likely to avoid DL, Duquette says

ANAHEIM– Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will likely avoid the disabled list, with encouraging results from Saturday morning’s MRI on his right knee.

“It doesn’t look like Chris Davis will go to the DL,” executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette told MLB.com over the phone. “[The Angels] doctors looked at the MRI and our doctors are going to be able to read the MRI on Monday, and the info I have is that Chris is feeling better than last night.”

Davis is considered day-to-day and it’s unknown if the first baseman—who wasn’t in Saturday’s lineup—will play before the team returns to the East Coast Sunday night. Although with an off day on Monday, the team could be cautious with Davis, an integral part of the team who is coming off an April in which he was named the American League Player of the Month.

Davis exited in the top of the fifth inning of Friday’s game after trying to beat out a groundout and walked gingerly back to the dugout, needing help to get down the stairs.

“My knee kind of buckled,” Davis, who landed awkwardly on the first-base bag while running full-bore down the line, said afterwards. “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.”

Davis was in good spirits on Saturday morning, walking around the clubhouse without a limp and with his knee wrapped in ice.

“I think it’s just something that when I hit the bag I kind of veered to the right a little bit,” Davis said after watching the replay Friday night. “Lesson learned, go right through the bag. It sounds so elementary now. But, like I said, hopefully it will just be a few days.”

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