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.
With just over a week left in the regular season, the Diamondbacks have elected to shut down infielder/outfielder Ketel Marte. Marte has been dealing with some lower back inflammation and stiffness over the last few days; on Friday, the team revealed that he was diagnosed with a stress reaction as well.
It doesn’t look as though the injury will compromise Marte’s 2020 campaign, but as Craig noted on Wednesday, his absence will likely have some effect on his NL MVP candidacy. The 25-year-old will wrap his first All-Star season with a .329/.389/.592 batting line, 32 home runs, a .981 OPS, and a staggering, career-best 7.1 fWAR through 628 plate appearances.
Marte told reporters Thursday that the back pain had been an issue “for the past two months,” though he didn’t comment on the severity of the injury. Despite his ability to play through the pain since July, the issue has clearly escalated in the last week or so. Although the loss of their most valuable contributor may have a negative impact on the D-backs’ chances of competing in the postseason, it’s undeniably a wise move to let Marte recuperate rather than pushing him to play for another week and running the risk of further injury.
Entering Friday’s series against the Padres — their last road series of the regular season — Arizona still has a sizable gap to close in order to earn one of two NL wild card spots. They’re five games out of postseason contention, with the Nationals, Brewers, Cubs, Mets, and Phillies ahead of them.