Chris Davis' activation off the injured list Tuesday ahead of the Orioles' series opener against the New York Mets means the beleaguered former slugger is again an option for manager Brandon Hyde in the season’s final 20 games.
It doesn’t, however, seem like getting Davis into the lineup is going to be much of a priority.
“Chris the last few days has been taking quite a few at-bats in Bowie and he feels a lot better," Hyde said. "He feels ready to go. I’m going to find spots to possibly play him. I think that when I make the lineup out, I’m going to give our team, for me, the best chance to win, and if CD is part of the lineup that day, he is. If not, he’s going to be ready to pinch hit or defend late.”
For much of his years-long downturn, which began not long after he signed a club-record seven-year, $161 million contract in January 2016, that deal and the weight it carried has essentially kept Davis in the lineup.