OAKLAND -- Khris Davis is finally starting to look like Khris Davis again.
The A's slugger struggled a bit in the immediate aftermath of his IL stint for a left hip/oblique contusion, batting just .182 (6-for-33) with no home runs and two RBI in his first eight games back. In the 10 games since, he's hit .268 (11-for-41) with four homers and 10 RBI.
"I feel like I've got a little bit of rhythm going," Davis told NBC Sports California. "There's always room for improvement, so I'm just going to keep working and hopefully it shows up."
Davis suffered the injury back on May 5 when he collided with the side wall in left field while making a catch in Pittsburgh. He tried to avoid going on the injured list, playing through the pain for a couple of weeks, but his swing clearly wasn't the same.
Now that the pain is gone, the swing is back.
"I feel normal," he said. "I feel like I can swing hard without any pain. That was a big part. I could swing before, but it was kind of painful. Now it's kind of just gone."
Perhaps most encouraging is the direction of Davis' hits the last few games. In true KD fashion, he blasted opposite-field home runs on Sunday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, he ripped an RBI single to right-center, another great sign that he's feeling like himself.
Despite hitting just two home runs between April 13 and June 8, Davis is tied for the team-lead with 16 on the season. That puts him on pace for 35, meaning a fourth consecutive 40-homer season is not out of the question.