Orioles first baseman Chris Davis' left wrist injury not serious


September 29, 2013|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, with his hand iced and bandaged, said after Sunday’s game against the Boston Red Sox that he’d probably be out for a few days if the regular season was ongoing.

Instead, his tremendous 2013 season ended in the fourth inning of Sunday’s finale when he sprained his left wrist attempting to make a catch at first base.

“It’d be a couple days. I think it is one of those things where it is so sore right now that it is hard to tell,” Davis said. “But I think it would be a one- or two-day thing, nothing serious.”

X-rays were negative and Davis doesn’t expect any trouble with the wrist going forward, though he was forced to end the season about six innings prematurely.

“It was sore. The biggest thing was playing catch,” Davis said. “I could still feel it every time the ball hit my glove. I knew there was no way I was going to be able to swing a bat. The X-rays were negative. No breaks, no fractures. Basically just a sprained wrist and it’s nothing that should be lingering in the offseason.”

It all happened pretty quickly in the fourth inning. Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury dropped a bunt in front of the plate that Orioles catcher Steve Clevenger fielded and then threw to first. Davis was attempting to grab the throw as it sailed into Ellsbury, who inadvertently snapped Davis’ glove hand backwards as he dashed by.

“It kind of rattled me a little bit, a play like that,” Davis said. “That’s a play that every first baseman hates, ball going back into the runner. You’ve got to try and make a play, but at the same time try to avoid contact. It was just one of those plays.”

He tried to stay in the game, but the pain was too constant so he walked off the field to a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd. He also received another ovation after the seventh inning when the Orioles played his highlights on the video board.

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