Davis makes rehab start at Double-A Bowie

Davis makes rehab start at Double-A Bowie

BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis made his rehab debut Saturday night for Double-A Bowie in his first -- and possibly last -- rehab game.

Davis, who is working his way back from a left oblique strain, could be activated on Sunday after going 1-for-4 and playing all nine innings at first base, and Orioles bench coach John Russell -- filling in for manager Buck Showalter -- expected Davis to plead his case after Saturday's game.

"We'll see," Russell said. "Me personally, I'd love to say yes. Knowing Chris, I think chances are pretty good that's what he's going to say. But I've been around baseball enough. I've seen obliques over the last few years. I don't want to step out there and say it's going to be great.

"I've seen guys take BP, I've seen them in the cage swing as hard as they can, and the first swing in a game, they felt it. So, until we get through tonight, I'm very optimistic, I think CD's very optimistic about it. If he comes through it great and it feels great, I think the first thing on his mind is, 'When should I be able to be activated?' And again, we'll cross that bridge when it happens. But we fully expect that if everything goes great that Chris will be back very soon."

Davis has moved quickly through the whole rehab process and he took batting practice on Friday, which was the last step before playing in a game.

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