We heard earlier this week that Chris Davis was unlikely to be on the Orioles’ roster for the ALCS against the Royals and manager Buck Showalter made it official in his comments to the media this afternoon.
Davis is not eligible to return from his 25-game amphetamine suspension until Game 6 of the ALCS. In other words, if the Orioles were to include him on their roster, they would have to play one man short for the first five games of the series. This decision might have been a little tougher if the Orioles needed five games to get past the Tigers in the ALDS, as Davis would have been eligible to return for Game 4 of the ALCS, but it just doesn’t make much sense in this case.
While Davis will not be active, he will be with the team during the ALCS. However, he will not be allowed to sit on the bench during the games. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Showalter said today that Davis will be considered for the World Series roster if the Orioles make it past the Royals.
Davis batted .196 with 26 home runs and a .704 OPS in 127 games this season prior to his suspension.
Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.
Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”
Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.
The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.