Brewers outfielder Khris Davis has been out for about a month with a torn meniscus in his right knee, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com brings word that he’s set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Class A Wisconsin.
Davis, who had surgery on the knee, is expected to play in the minors for five days. This puts him on track to rejoin the Brewers a week from today for the start of a series against the Braves.
Gerardo Parra has swung the bat well over the past month, so we could see a timeshare in left field when Davis returns. Of course, with the Brewers looking like sellers, there’s a good chance Parra will be traded by July 31.
Davis, 27, was batting .250/.337/.446 with five home runs and 16 RBI over 46 games prior to the injury.
Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper played some third base during Monday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Harper had been pestering manager Joe Girardi for the opportunity and the skipper finally gave in.
Girardi told Harper, “No diving. And make sure your arm is loose.” Harper had the opportunity to field one ball, a grounder to his left and he made the play perfectly.
Why put Harper at third base? Girardi said, “I think it’s important the guys have fun. I saw him a week ago taking ground balls there and I was impressed. His hands worked well out front and he threw the ball across the field well. I told him, ‘You look good there.'”
Despite the solid showing, don’t expect Harper to show up at third base in a meaningful game anytime soon. That being said, the Phillies’ second and third base situations are still not cemented. Jean Segura will likely open the season at the hot corner with Scott Kingery at second, but things could change between now and Opening Day in 10 days.
Harper, 27, is coming off a solid first season with the Phillies. He hit .260/.372/.510 with 36 doubles, 35 home runs, 114 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases across 682 plate appearances. Per FanGraphs, Harper’s 4.6 Wins Above Replacement ranked 16th in the National League. For some people, those numbers weren’t nearly good enough, so the expectations remain high as Harper enters year two of his 13-year, $330 million contract.