ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Glenn Davis came away from his latest doctor's appointment brimming with optimism.
"It went very good," said the slugging first baseman, who played only 12 games before going on the disabled list. "I have the confidence that I'm going to be able to play again without any problem.
"I'm not going to have any nerve or muscle damage," said Davis, who is still unsure when he might return. "It could be as early as two weeks, or as long as four weeks.
"I haven't played, so I've got to get my muscles in game shape," said Davis, who has been taking batting practice for the last six days.
* BALLARD USES ARM, FOOT: Jeff Ballard pitched a game Mike Cuellar would've loved here last night. He also made a move with his left foot that would've done Pele proud.
In the process of spacing 10 hits over seven innings, Ballard was aided by four double plays, two of the conventional, one critical and the other unique.
Centerfielder Mike Devereaux threw out Dave Winfield at the plate after catching a short fly ball off the bat of Dave Gallagher in the second inning, a play that proved to be pivotal.
In the sixth inning, Ballard helped his own cause by deflecting a line drive off the ball of Lance Parrish to first baseman Randy Milligan. Winfield, aboard on a single, was running on the play and was easily doubled off first when home plate umpire Derryl Cousins ruled the ball never touched the ground.
"It hit me right on the [left] heel," said Ballard. "I lost my footing making the pitch and threw about a 70-mph fastball. I was lucky it hit me where it did -- if it hit me in the ankle, it might've been broken."
It marked the fourth time in his last 10 starts that Ballard allowed two runs or less. In that stretch he has given up more than four runs only once -- the horrendous 10-run extravaganza against Cleveland June 26. The eight innings he worked last night represent his longest outing of the year.
* JOHNSON TO ROCHESTER: Dave Johnson, who pitched three times for the Double A Hagerstown Suns, will make his next rehabilitation appearance with the Triple A Rochester Red Wings.
Johnson, who has been on the disabled list since May 19, will pitch in Richmond tomorrow night. In his three games with the Suns, Johnson was the winning pitcher each time, working 17 innings and allowing three runs.
* THIS 'N THAT: The Orioles managed only five hits in last night's win. Angels starter Kirk McCaskill allowed only three in eight innings and had retired 16 out of 18 hitters before being replaced by Bryan Harvey.
Cal Ripken has gone hitless in his last three games (0-for-13). The Angels have lost seven of their last eight.