After missing Monday's game with lingering hip discomfort, Khris Davis only lasted one at-bat on Tuesday.
The A's designated hitter noticeably grimaced on a foul ball in the second inning and then grounded out weakly to shortstop on a tentative swing.
Here's a slow-mo of Khris Davis grimacing on one swing and then taking a super tentative swing. Not sure how he can avoid the IL at this point. pic.twitter.com/LG1sSFlchA— Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer) May 21, 2019
Khris Davis was removed from the game in the third inning with lingering effects from a left hip contusion suffered earlier this season.— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) May 21, 2019
Davis suffered a left hip contusion more than two weeks ago in Pittsburgh when he collided with the left field side wall while making a catch.
Terrific catch by Khris Davis, but he has now left the game after banging his side pretty hard. Chad Pinder takes over in left. #Athletics pic.twitter.com/xBmYxROVga— Ben Ross (@BenRossTweets) May 5, 2019
Davis has been in and out of the lineup since suffering the injury. Both he and A's manager Bob Melvin have said they don't expect him to need a stint on the 10-day injured list, but clearly, he isn't right at the plate.
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With a day off Thursday, Davis seems unlikely to play in Wednesday's series finale, and it remains to be seen if he'll be back on Friday when Oakland opens a nine-game homestand.
There was a silver lining for the A's in Tuesday's game, as Mark Canha hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in Davis' place in the third inning.