Sports hernia surgery is popular this month, but Chris Davis has opted against going under the knife and will instead try to rest and rehab the injury that is now being called “an extreme groin strain.”
Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Davis got a second opinion and was told that surgery isn’t needed, so he’ll skip winter ball and spend the offseason resting.
If healthy Davis figures to be a regular for the Orioles next season, but it remains to be seen if they prefer him at third base, first base, or perhaps designated hitter. Davis fell out of favor in Texas and was never healthy after coming to Baltimore in a midseason trade, but if the Orioles can live with the huge strikeout totals and shaky defense he’s averaged 25 homers per 550 at-bats and is still just 26 years old.
Not all players coming in to spring training are in The Best Shapes of Their Lives. Some have put on a few pounds, such as Miguel Sano, notes Twins GM Thad Levine:
Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, though the Twins intend to lighten his schedule to prevent any new injuries.
They’d like to lighten something else, too: His “generous carriage,” as General Manager Thad Levine delicately put it last week. Sano’s conditioning understandably lags, after a winter largely spent incapacitated by the surgery.
Sano’s conditioning has often been a topic of conversation among the members of the Minnesota press corps, though not always in good faith. For example, last year when Sano injured his shin by fouling a ball off of it, one member of the The Fourth Estate found a way to make a column out of blaming the freak injury on Sano’s conditioning. At least in this instance his colleague is correctly noting that the poor conditioning is a result of the injury and not the cause.
Still, it’s just another issue facing Sano this spring. He’s out of shape, coming off of an injury, and — not that he’s due any sympathy for it — he’s facing a likely suspension arising out of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him late last year.
So this spring we’ll be seeing more of Sano, it seems. At least until that time we’ll be seeing less of him.