Chris Davis is slated to serve as the Orioles’ everyday first baseman in 2015, but manager Buck Showalter wants the slugger to get some playing time in right field, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. Davis hasn’t played in the outfield since 2012.
Davis missed the last few weeks of the regular season when he was suspended 25 games for using amphetamines — Adderall, specifically. He had also missed some time early in the season with a strained oblique. As a result, he finished with only 26 home runs and 72 RBI, a far cry from the league-leading 53 and 138 from 2013.
Davis can become a free agent after the season. There hasn’t been much in the way of progress regarding an extension thus far, though agent Scott Boras expressed optimism back in December in an Encina report.
Red Sox southpaw David Price was lifted in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Astros. While there was some initial concern that he might have trigged the elbow tendinitis that has been affecting him lately, manager Alex Cora was quick to clarify the situation as the result of “flu-like symptoms.”
Price pitched just 2/3 of an inning, inducing a first-pitch fly out from Aledmys Díaz, striking out Alex Bregman, and allowing a single to Michael Brantley before making his departure from the mound. He was replaced by rookie right-hander Colten Brewer.
Barring further complications, Price will likely stay on track to make his next scheduled start during the Red Sox’ upcoming road trip. Entering Saturday’s match-up, the 33-year-old lefty carried a 2-2 record in seven starts with a 3.29 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, and 10.1 SO/9 across 41 innings in 2019.
Following Price’s removal, the Red Sox are still tied 0-0 with the Astros in the fifth.