Davis plans for Saturday return to O's lineup

Davis plans for Saturday return to O's lineup

Davis plans for Saturday return to O's lineup
ANAHEIM -- Chris Davis (right trapezius muscle strain) was out of Friday's starting lineup for the second consecutive game, although the 26-year-old said he was feeling better and expected to return Saturday.

"My range of motion is back," said Davis, who was in good spirits on Friday afternoon. "It's still painful, but as long as I can turn my head, it's the biggest thing. That's obviously the way I look to hit. So I'm going to take [batting practice] today and I should be able to play tomorrow."

Davis said he woke up Thursday with a sore neck, stemming from a diving catch on Wednesday, and he couldn't throw without discomfort so he alerted the team's medical staff. The trapezius is a large muscle that supports the shoulders and arms and the rotation of the scapula necessary to raise the arms above shoulder level. Davis said it's not an injury he's had before and it isn't related to the right shoulder strain that put him on the disabled list for three weeks last season.

Asked if the team had dodged a bullet with Davis, manager Buck Showalter said he wasn't ready to go there just yet, reminding reporters of outfielder Nolan Reimold, who is out for the season after undergoing neck surgery.

"A lot of those things you feel like going into it it's going to be day-to-day thing," Showalter said. "When you are dealing with necks and backs and stuff like that, I'll believe it when I see it."

The 26-year-old Davis is hitting .274 with 14 homers and 40 RBIs in 70 games this season, and is 4-for-12 with a double, a homer, two runs scored and five RBIs in three games this road trip.