Davis headed for DL with right oblique strain

Davis headed for DL with right oblique strain

CHICAGO -- A day after seeing star third baseman Manny Machado return to the lineup, the Orioles were dealt another blow to the middle of their order.

First baseman Chris Davis went on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a Grade 1 right oblique strain.

The Orioles recalled first baseman David Washington from Triple-A Norfolk to take Davis' place on the roster. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the Orioles' 10-6 win over the White Sox.

Davis had an MRI at 9 a.m. in Chicago on Tuesday to confirm the strain, and he was set to return to Baltimore on Tuesday night to begin his rehab. Manager Buck Showalter said he didn't have enough information to set a timetable for Davis' return. Davis dealt with a similar injury on his left side in 2014.

"The last time he had this it was on the other side, and we know the dates he missed last time," Showalter said. "We'll see where we are in a couple days as far as trying to put a timeframe on it. It's not one of those injuries that you can go out and test out because you can set it back."

Davis was injured while swinging during the third inning in Monday's 10-7 loss to the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. After the at-bat -- a two-out, bases-loaded flyout to right -- he went into the tunnel and signaled he thought he had pulled something, according to Showalter. Davis was replaced by left fielder Trey Mancini at first base and Hyun Soo Kim entered in left.

Chris Davis' injury impact

"I didn't really know [Davis was hurt] until late," Showalter said. "I kind of had to scramble to get Kim out there."

Mancini started at first base and was batting fifth Tuesday, though Showalter wouldn't commit to naming him as Davis' interim replacement. Showalter also declined to say who the club plans to bring up in a corresponding move.

"I've got options," Showalter said. "Some that are here, and some that aren't currently here."

Davis is hitting .226/.320/.461 with 14 homers and 26 RBIs through 61 games this season.

Mancini, who has primarily seen time in the outfield this year, took extra ground balls at first base prior to batting practice. The 25-year-old played exclusively first base during his time in the Minors in Baltimore's system.

"That's what I've been doing my whole life," Mancini said. "I spent my whole Minor League career there, so I'm definitely comfortable over there. We knew I'd be at first [today]. I wanted to get out there and do a little refresher, I guess you could say. I'm definitely prepared for it."

Worth noting

• Right-hander Edwin Jackson elected free agency instead of accepting a Minor League assignment witth the Orioles and after going unclaimed on waivers. Baltimore designated him for assignment on Sunday.

• Catcher Francisco Pena went unclaimed on waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. He was designated for assignment on Saturday.

• Showalter said shortstop Ryan Flaherty had no setbacks after throwing on flat ground for the second consecutive day. He is rehabbing a right shoulder strain.

Fantasy spin | Fred Zinkie (@FredZinkieMLB)
Davis is the type of streaky hitter with the potential to make a major impact during a hot stretch this summer, so wise fantasy owners will overlook his unimpressive 2017 production (.226 average, 26 RBIs across 217 at-bats) and stash the O's slugger. Shallow-league Davis owners can check waivers for a replacement such as Logan Morrison, Matt Adams or Tommy Joseph, while those in deeper leagues can take a look at Lucas Duda or Trey Mancini.

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.