Davis'2nd game produces results DH scores once, gets RBI for Suns

August 13, 1991|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN -- The results were better in step 2 of Glenn Davis' rehabilitation last night, but he was more concerned with how he felt.

In his second game with the Class AA Hagerstown Suns, Davis went 1-for-3 and added a key sacrifice fly in a 4-3 victory over the Canton-Akron Indians.

"I felt like I accomplished some things," said Davis. "I was a little more relaxed at the plate. But there are still a few things mechanically I have to work on."

Davis, who has been the designated hitter in both games, indicated he may be ready to play first base tonight in Step 3.

"I'll talk to the manager [Jerry Narron] when I get here," he said.

In his first at-bat, Davis hit a solid single to right-center field and later scored the Suns' first run on Tim Holland's single.

Then, with the clean-up hitter's dream (bases loaded) facing him in the third inning, he launched a three-run rally with a sacrifice fly to left.

Later, he fouled out fairly deep to the right fielder and grounded out to second base.

"I'm concerned about performance only to the point that it helps to let me know where I am," he said. "It doesn't mean anything here.

"One of the benefits of being here is that you don't have that pressure of day in and day out. The performance doesn't really count."

Davis said he was prepared to hit again if the need arose in the ninth inning.

He expressed satisfaction that Joel Youngblood, a former opponent in the National League, is in Hagerstown to view his progress.

"He's a good guy to have around," said Davis. "He knows his hitting and I can discuss things with him. I've got an eye now. I can get a better picture of where I am."

The concern for the slugging first baseman is how the ball comes off the bat. If that is the barometer, he is on the way.

"Like Yogi [Berra] said, you only get so many hits. Don't use them all up in spring training or in this case, rehab."

Davis would not speculate how long it would take before he is ready to play for the Baltimore Orioles for the first time since April 24.

"I don't have an answer to that," he said. "It could be a few days, it could be longer. I'll be here until I'm ready to go."

He faced his first left-hander, Jeff Mutis of the Indians, who spent a brief period in Cleveland, then grounded out against right-hander Brian Meier.

"I got some off speed pitches," said Davis. "I want to see them."

He will be joined tonight in Hagerstown by Bill Ripken, a former Sun who started his rehabilitation with the Class A Frederick Keys last night.

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Orioles tonight

Site: Memorial Stadium

Time: 5:05

Rangers starters: Brian Bohanon (1-0, 6.10) and Jose Guzman (7-4, 3.10)

Orioles starters: Bob Milacki (7-6, 4.34) and Stacy Jones (0-0, 2.25)

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WTOP (1500 AM)

TV: HTS

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