Davis exits with left oblique strain

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis exited Friday’s game against the Kansas City Royals after four innings with a left oblique strain and he will be evaluated further following the team’s game.

The slugger looked to be in pain during his last at-bat, grimacing during a third-inning lineout against Yoradno Ventura and Davis had gotten treatment during the team’s Toronto series for tightness in his hips. Any serious injury to Davis, the reining American League home run champion, would be a huge loss to an Oriole club already without All-Star Manny Machado.

Ryan Flaherty moved from third base to first in Davis’ absence, with Jonathan Schoop shifting from second to third base and Steve Lombardozzi entering the game at second. Davis has two homers and 13 RBIs for the O’s and entered Friday’s game hitting .257 with a career-high 20 consecutive games in which he reached base successfully.

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