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.
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.