The Kansas City Royals are not the walk over that they have been as recent as two years ago and they marched into Camden Yards to take two of three from the Baltimore Orioles with some stellar pitching as they cooled off a hot Orioles offense. One reason for the cool off however, was the fact that slugging first baseman Chris Davis had to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
The Royals and Orioles alternated wins as K.C. won games one and three of the series, with Baltimore taking game two. Kansas City used great starts from Yordano Ventura in game one and James Shields in game three to secure victories, while Baltimore used a nice outing from Wei-Yin Chen in game two.
Of course, the big news surrounds Davis as the MRI on his oblique was bleak enough to warrant a trip to the DL. Manager Buck Showalter and Davis himself are not really being specific on what was found on the MRI, just that a DL stint was necessary.
Baltimore has not yet made a roster move to fill in the vacant roster spot that Davis leaves behind, but two players are poised to come back to the team at some point this week.
Manny Machado has been playing games with the Frederick Keys the past three days and could be activated off of the DL at any point, so he is one option to take Davis' roster spot. Machado has gone 8-12 at the plate with the Keys, and when we scouted him on Saturday in Frederick, he did not seem limited in the field and his movement looked good.
Another option for the roster spot is left handed pitcher Troy Patton who is set to be activated off of the suspended list after serving his 25-game suspension for testing positive for what turned out to be Aderol. The team will have to put him on the active roster once he is eligible, unless he is hurt or they trade him. Patton has performed fairly well in "rehab" work with the Norfolk Tides in 3 2/3 innings of work.
The bigger issue is who is going to fill in at first base, but thus far Nick Markakis has been that guy, which allows Showalter to play both Nelson Cruz and David Lough, or if a left hander is on the mound, he could play both Cruz and Delmon Young. Ryan Flaherty is another guy that can play first base, but the way he is hitting right now, it seems more likely that Markakis could get the majority of the time at first. David Adams, who is in AAA with the Tides, is on the Orioles 40-man roster and could be called up to help fill in at first.
Without knowing the grade of the oblique strain that Davis has, it is tough to know whether he will need just the 15-days or more, but time will tell there. With him out of the lineup, Baltimore is going to have to start getting some power from others in the lineup outside of Cruz, who hit his seventh home run of the season yesterday in the Orioles 9-3 loss to the Royals.
All in all, it was not the best of weekends for Birdland, although the news of Machado's rehab going so well, looks vastly different now that the team will have to deal with a Davis DL stint.
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