Davis believes he has something to prove in 2015

Orioles slugger attempting to rebound from down '14 season cut short by suspension

Davis believes he has something to prove in 2015

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Chris Davis' therapeutic-use exemption for the 2015 season is for the drug Vyvanse -- not Adderall -- the first baseman said Wednesday morning, confirming an earlier report by FOXSports.com.

"It's basically a more sophisticated version of Adderall, and it's kind of the new thing, the way it's introduced to the body," Davis said. "I like the way it works and I think it's something that's helped me away from baseball, and hopefully it will continue to help me."

Davis will finish out the final part of his 25-game suspension for testing positive for Adderall without a therapeutic-use exemption on Opening Day, and he is ready to put a dismal 2014 campaign behind him this spring.

"Having the game taken away from me, you learn how fragile it is and how important it is and really what a blessing it is coming here and doing what we do every day," Davis said when asked what he'd learned from the experience. "I think I had kind of taken that for granted last year and obviously got away from the things that made me successful. It was a pretty quick reminder of how fragile it is and how privileged we are to be here every day, and I won't forget that."

Davis has had polar opposite seasons the past two years. In 2013, he had a breakout campaign, hitting 53 home runs with 138 RBIs in an All-Star season. He followed that up with 26 homers and 72 RBIs last year, with his average falling ninety points to .196.

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"I kind of keep a chip on my shoulder," Davis said. "My mindset is so much different this year.

"After you have a big year, you come in and you kind of question, 'Do I need to change anything? Do I do everything the same? How do I out-do myself?' And I think a lot of times you end up working against yourself, and that's kind of what happened last year.

"Obviously with the [left oblique] injury early on, I pushed a little too hard to get back and didn't give myself enough time to heal. But with everything that's gone on and the time I've had off, it just lit a fire underneath me, and I definitely have a different mindset coming into this season. I almost feel more confident this year than I did last year, which is kind of ridiculous to say.

"It's just a weird thing. I don't know how to describe it. Just coming off the suspension, the injury, everything last year … I was confident after 2013, but it was kind of, 'Where do we go from here? Do I keep everything exactly the same? Do I need to change it up?' Coming into this season it almost feels like I have something to prove again. And that's a good spot for me to be in."

Davis said he doesn't feel the need to address his teammates again as a group. He played in instructional league until October, then joined his teammates for the American League Championship Series -- though he couldn't do anything more than cheer and apologize for his actions.

"I've been looking forward to this day for a number of months now, for obvious reasons," Davis said prior to the Orioles' first full-squad workout. "I'm just excited to get out there and get back to what I know, and put all this stuff behind me."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.