After playing two injury rehabilitation games at Double-A Bowie, Davis said his strained right shoulder is doing very well.
“I feel great,” Davis said after going 1-for-3 for the Baysox today and 2-for-3 Sunday. “I think today was the bigger test, playing third base. I had a bunt play where I had to throw across my body and use my arm without my legs underneath. I feel great, haven’t felt any pain or discomfort. Now ready to get back up and play again.
“It’s a right labrum tear. The severity depends on how you did it and we don’t really know. It’s hard to pinpoint how it happened. But it got to the point where I couldn’t throw and it started affecting my swing. I needed a couple of weeks off and they wanted to be cautious.”
Davis was batting .225 with a homer and three RBIs in 10 Orioles games since being traded July 30 from Texas. His last Orioles game was Aug. 14.
Davis refuted the notion that the Orioles may have traded for an injured player.
“I wasn’t injured before I got traded. It really didn’t bother me until about the last week, so it’s one of those things where I had never been hurt or had gone on the DL. It was better to take care of it now,” he said.
Davis said he won’t worry about trying too hard over the final few weeks to make up for lost time as he tries to make an impression on the coaching staff.
“I don’t think so. I know Buck (Showalter), he was with the Rangers when I was there. I think the biggest thing for me is to just go and play, whether it be third or first. I think there is an opportunity for me to be an everyday player there and I want to take advantage of that,” Davis said.
Meanwhile, Baysox shortstop Pedro Florimon was all smiles after today’s game as he found out he was getting called up to Baltimore for the first time.
“I want to say thank you, God, for everything,” Florimon said outside the Bowie clubhouse. “I get the chance to get called up. I need to keep working hard there like I was here. It’s exciting.”
The 24-year-old switch-hitter batted .267 in 133 Bowie games this year with 27 doubles, eight homers, 60 RBIs and a .741 OPS.
The last two days, as Bowie was trying to earn a playoff berth, a bid that came up short, Florimon went 5-for-8 with four runs, two doubles, a triple, a homer and five RBIs.