A's manager Bob Melvin confirmed that designated hitter Khris Davis will go on the 10-day injured list as he continues to recover from a left hip contusion.
"He's even resigned himself that he probably needs to take the full 10 days off," Melvin told reporters after Tuesday's 5-3 win in Cleveland. "His swings today in batting practice felt a little better, but once he got into the game, it was no better."
Davis suffered the injury more than two weeks ago in Pittsburgh when he collided with the left field side wall 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
The 31-year-old has been in and out of the A's lineup since then, but clearly has been bothered at the plate. Davis exited Tuesday's game after just one at-bat, following a couple of tentative swings and a weak grounder to shortstop.
"He was finding a way to get some hits, but today, it just got to the point where it's not getting any better at all," Melvin said. "So we have to give him a little bit of a rest and get him back when he's 100 percent. He's a power hitter. He needs his lower half. he creates a lot of torque. That's where his power comes from."
Davis told reporters that he felt like it might be more of an oblique issue than his hip. He will get an MRI on Wednesday in Cleveland.
Davis said he feels it's more of his oblique. He will undergo an MRI here tomorrow in Cleveland. He noted that the IL is the right move.— Julian McWilliams (@JulianMack105) May 22, 2019
Mark Canha and Chad Pinder figure to get more playing time in Davis' absence. Canha pinch-hit for Davis in the third inning on Tuesday and blasted a two-run home run off Trevor Bauer, his sixth of the year.
Pinder has hit two home runs in his last three games and has five for the season, along with a .270/.311/.459 slash line.
The A's have not announced a corresponding move to replace Davis on the active roster, but they will likely either activate outfielder Nick Martini from the IL or call up Skye Bolt or Jorge Mateo from Triple-A Las Vegas. Martini has missed the first 49 games of the season with a sprained knee, but is currently in Las Vegas on a rehab assignment.
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Bolt made his big league debut earlier this season, going 1-for-4 with a double in three games with the A's. He is slashing .319/.388/.586 in Triple-A.
Mateo is off to a hot start in Triple-A as well, slashing .321/.362/.567. The 23-year-old has notched six home runs, 37 RBI, and 11 stolen bases.