As soon as Glenn Davis shows that he can run 100 percent h will be activated and inserted into the Orioles' lineup. That could be as early as Monday night, when the Orioles open a three-game series in Texas.
Manager John Oates indicated it was unlikely Davis would joithe Orioles in Milwaukee, where they open a three-game series against the Brewers tonight (8:35, Ch. 2). "When he's ready to play, he'll go right in the lineup, probably as the designated hitter at the beginning," said Oates.
"But he hasn't run all-out yet, and we won't activate him until he does. As far as his timing is concerned, I think a few more at-bats would take care of that, but the last thing we want to do is risk him pulling something when he tries to run."
Assistant general manager Frank Robinson watched Davis twnights ago in Hagerstown, an indication the club feels the first baseman is close to being ready. Davis has had some hamstring tightness and because of that has been cautious while running, especially coming out of the batter's box.
"He'll probably play at Hagerstown at least through Sunday,said Oates. "We've got to see him run before he comes back."
Davis is 4-for-18 (.222) in five games at Hagerstown, with twRBIs. He was 0-for-4 in last night's 2-1 loss to Reading.
In tonight's opener of the Orioles' six-game road trip, DavJohnson (3-4, 8.20) will face Don August (8-5, 4.81).
Tomorrow night (8:35) Ben McDonald (5-6, 5.15) will be matcheagainst Jaime Navarro (10-9, 4.27). In the series finale Sunday at 2:35, Bob Milacki (7-6, 4.27) will pitch against Bill Wegman (7-6, 3.63).