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August 18, 2011

No changes on C. Davis' status after Yocum visit

First baseman Chris Davis will continue to rehab his right shoulder rather than have surgery to repair a small tear.

That decision came after he met today with renowned orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum.

The Orioles acquired Davis, along with right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter, from the Texas Rangers for reliever Koji Uehara on July 30. In 10 games with the club, he is 9-for-40 (.225) with one homer and three RBIs.

He last played on Aug. 14, and was put on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Davis missed four consecutive games on the Orioles’ last home stand because of shoulder discomfort, which he said began after he slept on it wrong while the team was in Kansas City earlier this month.

Davis, 25, said at the time that a magnetic resonance imaging test performed revealed some “wear-and-tear” on his labrum and rotator cuff, which he said most baseball players have.
Wanting to play through it, Davis returned to the Orioles’ lineup last Tuesday and managed to play in six games before he was shut down again.

“It just feels the same every day,” said Davis. “It’s really frustrating more than anything. The biggest thing I need is rest and it’s hard to do that right now having been just traded over here. Obviously, I want to get in the lineup every day and prove that I’m the player that they thought I was.”

In Davis’ absence, Mark Reynolds has been playing first base with Josh Bell getting the starts at third base.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 6:26 PM | | Comments (20)


It sounds like he is backing away from the "I slept in a weird position" defense and is embracing the "everybody has some degree of injury to their arm" explanation.

We'll never know the real story, but maybe he won't be tendered next year either and we can put him behind us also.

Enough already.

That's more great news! Luke Scott made the same decision earlier this year and it worked out great for the team. After wasting a spot on the roster for a good portion of the year he decided to make the right decision. My God!

Sounds like it's not too serious if no operation is required. Did the doctor indicate how much rest should be needed, or is it just a day-to-day thing, left up to Davis saying he's no longer feeling discomfort? From other reports, it seemed he was willing to keep playing through it, but management didn't want to take the risk. I wonder if it's primarily discomfort when throwing, or also when batting. He could still DH or PH if the irritation is mainly due to throwing.

Everytime this happens they always try to rehab and it NEVER works. Get the surgery, come back in spring training and be ready to go.

Memo to Davis:
Stay away from the pool table!!

"In Davis’ absence, Mark Reynolds has been playing third base with Josh Bell getting the starts at third base."

Jeff! Two guys at third base is novel but can we make that work? ;-)
Response from Steve Gould:
Fixed. Thanks for the heads-up.

So our only good trade Chip, Koji, netted us a high strikeout low average 1st baseman that was injured? Way to go McFail!

Got to agree with Bumbryfan on this one. Sounds like 2 months and 3 home runs into next season, he'll be saying, "Well, we tried, but I guess we'll have to opt for the surgery." I say if these guys opt for the non surgical healing method, they prove their health in a prolonged AA assignment before taking up a major league roster spot.

Based on the picture in the Sun, perhaps surgery to have his tounge detached from his lips.

Retired orthopaedic surgeon here. Do they get MIRI's of players dominant shoulder as part of the physical they do before signing? The O's have bought damaged goods. Their medical staff is suspect.

well another bad decision yea dr's can see what we do not,but davis should have the tear fixed. like onother poster put it. two months into next season we will be hearing i shuld have had the surgury. can't this oriole organization make some inteligent decisions.

Here is a list of potential Hall of Fame players acquired by Andy to man the vital corner infield positions for the Baltimore Orioles:

Michael Aubrey
Scott Moore
Oscar Salazar
Garrett Atkins
Rhyne Hughes
Josh Bell
Chris Davis
Ty Wigginton
Mark Reynolds
Derrick Lee

The list of second rate pitchers acquired by Andy since 2007 is even more sickening {and I don't want to use up all of the bandwidth on the site by posting it} including the sorry bullpen group he picked up last off season. Oh, honorable mention should go to one starting pitcher who never threw a pitch for the team at all: Justin Duchsherer
We should also give a brief tip of the cap to a certain outfielder Andy picked up who can't hit, field, or run the bases: Felix Pie.

What do they all have in common? Right, nobody else wanted them. This is who we are. This is why we are where we are. This is why we we stay where we are until Andy re retires and someone buys the team who is willing to spend some money on impact free agents and International Scouting. The Orioles are light years behind the rest of the division in talent at the major and minor league levels. I am going to get out front and predict that the Orioles will be 20 games out of first place on July 15,, 2012. Really stuck my neck out on that one.

I think the other GM's enjoy trading with the clueless O's GM.

Rest that shoulder, Chris. You'll need it to start at first base next season after the FO makes no effort to sign Prince Fielder and every other credible "bat" worth buying.

With what players the Orioles have signed for 2012, the Orioles will be out of Playoffs by March 5th. That might be a stretch but I feel confident . Andy Mac Fails future decisions will keep us in the playoff chase until March 5th. After that its anyones guess. Keep up the good work Andy, you are one heck of a GM/President/ talent scout/draft guru. I wish you could work for my team, The Back Alley Bums.

What Andy M has done hasn't been so bad; when one analyzes his trades, most of them have either been neutral or slightly in our favor. It is what he has not done that has been puzzling, and one has to wonder how much of that is related to the ownership. With the vacancy in Chicago now posted, oen has to think that Andy is thinking less about crabcakes and more and more about deep dish pizza.

Did the Rangers know anything about this? I don't want to say they pulled a fast one, and we won't really see how well that trade benefited the Orioles until next season, but I sense some shenanigans! woo!

Rehab over surgery? Sounds like a recipe for greater disaster. It seems like every time this happens, the injury needlessly gets worse than it should. Drs. Yocum & Andrews are beginning to creep me out as much as Ted Fox, a former Chicago Bears team physician who was a defendant in quite a few malpractice suits.

Sounds like Dr. Yocum may be less "renowned" on the East Coast than the West. I'm not sure the reporting has really gotten to the bottom of whether the MRI showed typical "wear and tear" or there really is a tear most players don't have. Bad as the timing seems, though, I find a pre-trade cover-up hard to believe. I know there's the AAAA label, but Davis was basically a terror in the minors this season, showing no signs of any physical ailment slowing him down. An .824 slugging percentage over 200 at-bats in AAA means the O's weren't the only team interested. He was called up after the Beltre injury, played a week or so, and then the trade came. I hope they are making the right decision on the rehab vs surgery.

I am so sorry of hearing so called oriole fans complain about Andy Mac. What do you want this man to do ? The people he signs has good track records . He has them see a Docton before signing them . He signs a very good manager with a good track record . The owner spends a lot of money for them . I ask you ? What do you think he should do ? You think he's the only G.M. out there that has this problem? Shut the hell up . How good are you at your job , as an worker , huaband , father ,etc. I can problemly guess .

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