BALTIMORE—Chris Davis isn’t in the starting lineup for the first time this season. Manager Buck Showalter said there wasn’t a specific reason for giving the slugging first baseman the night off after the Manny Machado incident
“Just some things that, just trying to pick some time for him to get a day. We try to do it with a lot of guys. We feel confident—not confident, there’s a good chance that Manny’s going to get the day off, so that was another one we wanted to get done sometime here in June,” Showalter said.
“I expect Chris will be back in there tomorrow, without getting into some of the things that we talk about all the time that are on the medical sheet and what have you. Nothing’s gotten worse. It’s just that time, talking to him today and last night, after the game, it’d be a good day to give him.”
Mark Trumbo gets his first start of the season at first base. Trumbo has played at first base more often in his career than he’s started in the outfield.
NOTE: Caleb Joseph won’t travel with the Orioles when they go on their road trip to Toronto and Boston. Showalter said he could begin hitting next week. Because of his testicular surgery, Joseph is prevented from catching for four weeks.
“Caleb is going to stay here and report to Bowie on the 14th. He’s going to see the doctor around there, and that’s two weeks into the four-week period that he can’t catch. He’ll start hitting and doing everything else with them, except catching. Hopefully, he’ll see the doctor and get that cleared,” Showalter said.
“We’ll see if he gets cleared, and if that happens, he’ll do everything but catch. Whether or not he’ll be active, we’ll see. He could [DH].”