HAGERSTOWN -- Baltimore Orioles first baseman Glenn Davis faced live pitching for the first time in 3 1/2 months last
night, but you'd never know it by the shot he hit in his second at-bat.
Davis, on rehabilitation assignment with the Class AA Hagerstown Suns, hit a 1-2 pitch nearly 400 feet to the wall at Municipal Stadium, but was robbed of an extra-base hit by a leaping grab by Harrisburg Senators center fielder Ralph Katzaroff.
"It was satisfying for me just to drive the ball up the middle," Davis said after the game, a 6-1 Hagerstown loss.
It was an otherwise uneventful night for Davis, who was placed on the disabled list April 26 with what was later diagnosed as an injury to the spinal accessory nerve in his neck. He grounded out to third in the second and sixth innings, though he did hit a hard line drive foul during his first at-bat. He also lofted a fly to medium left in the ninth inning.
Davis, though, said it was almost as important for him not to get hits.
"That just tells me that I've got some things to work out," he said. "If I had come up here and gotten four hits, that wouldn't have accomplished anything."
Davis said he felt no pain during his at-bats, though he did have to ice his arm down after the game as part of his therapy program.
Davis, 30, is scheduled to return to Baltimore today to work out with the team, then come back to Hagerstown tomorrow. Doug Melvin, Orioles assistant general manager, said the rehabilitation assignment will be day-to-day after that.
"It's a matter of him getting comfortable again seeing pitching," Melvin said.
Melvin said the length of the rehabilitation assignment will depend more on how Davis feels than on how he performs. Melvin added he didn't think Davis would spend any time at Class AAA Rochester.
Davis was batting .244 with four homers and eight RBI in 12 games before being placed on the disabled list.