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BALTIMORE -- When Buck Showalter was drawing up Thursday's lineup card for the series finale against the Angels, Chris Davis was an option. The first baseman, who had missed the past two games due to an illness, was back with the team and an option to make his return to the starting lineup.

When it finally came to it, though, the manager opted to take caution. Davis was available, but wasn't on the field to start the game. But he did finish it, entering in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter to replace Delmon Young. Davis stuck out and walked in two plate appearances.

"Chris was moving around with his gloves on from about the seventh inning on," Showalter said of Davis, who remained in the game as the designated hitter. "He was ready to get that out of the way. I asked him how he felt, coming down here. He said, 'All things considered, OK."

Davis had battled nausea and a fever since Monday and was sent home from Camden Yards early on Tuesday. He made it to the stadium for the end of Wednesday's game and was ready to resume baseball activities on Thursday.

Davis declined to elaborate on his illness, although he doesn't seem to worried about his recovery.

"I'm here, I'm healthy, I'm not in the lineup," Davis said.

David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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