Chris Davis: Not Done Yet!
Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was suspended for 25 games on Friday morning after it was found that he had tested positive for Adderall. Just two days after the suspension began, Davis called Buck Showalter about the situation he put the team in. Davis said he gets it when discussing the suspension.
Another thing the Baltimore Orioles’ manager and Davis discussed would be what the first baseman would do. With the Orioles most likely headed into the 2014 Postseason, Davis will be eligible to come back this season. The earliest he would be eligible to come back would be October 14, which is the fourth game of the ALDS.
With that being said, Davis will head down to Sarasota, Florida to play in the ball club’s instructional league games soon after going home to Texas.
Playing alongside Baltimore Minor Leaguers like Christian Walker and Dariel Alvarez will help keep Davis’ baseball skills sharp while he serves out his suspension. Although Davis cannot be with the Orioles while suspended; he is allowed to play in instructional league games.
The first instructional league game will be played on Monday and those games will be played through October 7th. Although that gives Davis a week of not playing baseball, it is better than sitting around for 25 days or so.
In 127 games played with the Orioles this season, Davis has a .196 batting average with 26 home runs, 72 RBI, and a whopping 173 strikeouts. Whether Davis will be able to help this 2014 Orioles team after his suspension is over remains to be seen. However, looking at the numbers he may be helping this team by not playing. The Orioles are now more than 10 games above .500 this season when Davis is not in the lineup. Hate to say it Baltimore, but numbers do not lie.