Davis could return to Orioles tonight

The Orioles might be back to a full roster for tonight’s series opener against the Rays at Camden Yards after playing a man down for the past two games.

Chris Davis could be cleared to rejoin the team after being kept at home for precautionary reasons, according to an industry source.

Davis-C-Dugout-Fives-Orange-ST-sidebar.jpgDavis hasn’t tested positive for COVID-19, but he ran a low fever Wednesday morning and the Orioles placed him in the protocol.

From what I’ve heard, the fever was related to his sinuses and he’s undergone multiple tests that came back negative for the coronavirus.

Absent of any symptoms, Davis could make it back to the ballpark later today. The team will check him again before making a decision.

No roster moves have been made related to Davis.

The Orioles won’t comment on Davis’ absence beyond manager Brandon Hyde confirming that the first baseman is “unavailable.”

“I’m going to leave it at that,” Hyde said.

Hyde declined to address a follow-up question yesterday about the possible timetable for Davis’ return.

“I’m not going to comment on Chris anymore,” he said.

The team is adhering to its privacy policy, as it did with outfielders Anthony Santander and Dwight Smith Jr., and won’t provide incremental updates.

Davis hasn’t been made available to the media.

Santander and Smith confirmed that they tested positive for COVID-19 and joined the opening day roster after reporting late to summer training camp.

Davis is 1-for-11 with a run-scoring double. He participated in Tuesday’s workout and spoke to the media on a Zoom call, expressing his heightened concerns about the virus and saying he’ll probably wear a mask at first base.

There have been family discussions at his house to go over the risks, but Davis sounded like he was eager to get back on the field after the team had both games postponed in Miami.

“The baseball aspect is really what gives you kind of a release,” Davis said on Tuesday. “It gives you a little bit of a break from everything else that’s going on around you. To be around the guys, to play the game that you love, to be out on a big league baseball field with other big leaguers and just doing what you love, it kind of takes you away from everything that’s going on around you.

“Even when you have hand-washing stations at the end of the dugout, trainers spraying hand sanitizer at you left and right, wearing masks. I mean, there’s enough of a break between the white lines to really give you peace of mind and allows you to sleep a little bit better at night - at least for me. I can’t speak for the other guys, but I feel like they’re having a pretty good time.”

Shortstop José Iglesias is labeled as day-to-day with a sore left quadriceps muscle. The team also will check him this afternoon before deciding on his availability.

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