NEW YORK-- Infielder Chris Davis was activated from the 15-day disabled list and started Tuesday's game at third base, a position Davis is prepared to play more of with Mark Reynolds' better defense at first than third.
Activating Davis (right shoulder strain) was one of five moves made by the Orioles prior to Tuesday's game. The team purchased the contracts of Triple-A pitchers Jeremy Accardo and Clay Rapada -- designating for assignment Mark Hendrickson and Blake Davis to clear room on the 40-man roster -- and recalled infielder Josh Bell. Infielder Pedro Florimon Jr. was also recalled from Double-A Bowie.
Davis went 3-for-6 in two rehab games with Bowie and said Tuesday afternoon he was surprised with how well his shoulder responded to rest and strengthening exercises. The 25-year-old Davis has been hoping to avoid surgery on his shoulder -- which an MRI revealed has a slight labrum tear -- a scenario that is far more likely now given how good he feels physically.
"I was just missing pitches, popping them up, rolling them over," Davis said of his attempt to play with the preexisting injury, which he aggravated when the team was in Kansas City last month.
"I really didn't realize how bad it was until a couple days ago, when I swung and I actually felt good to have the bat go all the way through the zone. It's one of those things you try to put up with was much as you can because you don't want to go on the DL. But once you rehab it and see where you are, you realize how bad it was."
Acquired in a non-waiver Trade Deadline deal with Texas, Davis hit .225 with one homer and three RBIs in 10 games with Baltimore before landing on the DL.