Oakland has placed first baseman Ike Davis on the disabled list with a strained left hip.
Davis hasn’t cracked a .750 OPS since 2012, but he showed some flashes of good production during that time and was decent for the Mets and Pirates last year. For the A’s he’s been more valuable as a mop-up pitcher than as a starting first baseman, hitting just .229 with three homers and a .652 OPS in 74 games.
Davis is making $3.8 million this season, so it’s tough to imagine the A’s wanting to keep him for a similar salary via the arbitration process next year. He might be done in Oakland.
Jake Smolinski takes Davis’ roster spot after being up with the A’s earlier this season.