DENVER—The Orioles placed first baseman Chris Davis on the 10-day injured because of inflammation in his left hip. The move was made less than an hour before Sunday’s game and is retroactive to May 25.
“CD has been sore for a few days,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said before the start of Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rockies. “His hip has been acting up a little bit. We’re evaluating right now.”
Davis saw a doctor on Saturday night.
The first baseman pinch-hit on Friday night, striking out. Davis is in a 1-for-19 slump and is batting .171 with five home runs and 17 RBIs.
Davis started the season 0-for-33 and was hitting .191 before his latest slump.
To replace Davis on the 25-man roster, the Orioles recalled right-handed pitcher Evan Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk.
Phillips has a 7.11 ERA in 11 appearances with the Orioles this season. He has a 1.29 ERA in four outings with Norfolk.
Catchers get personal: Hyde likes to pair catchers with certain pitchers. Andrew Cashner feels comfortable with Pedro Severino. Cashner’s ERA is 4.36 in six starts with Severino catching. In his one start with Austin Wynns, it’s 9.00. He had two starts with Wynns last year and didn’t have success, posting a 12.38 ERA.
On the other hand, Dylan Bundy does better with Wynns. He has a 3.14 ERA in five starts with Wynns; his ERA is 8.76 in three starts with Severino.
“It matters. You try and pair up as best as you possibly can,” Hyde said.
On Saturday night, Severino caught Cashner and had four hits, continuing his success against left-handers, against whom he’s batting .364.
“I’ve talked to Cash about it,” Hyde said. “They seem to work well together and on the same page. I think Cash would be comfortable with anybody we throw back there. It’s just the success he’s had with Sevy. We’re sticking with it for right now.
“I do believe in the relationship part. I believe in the camaraderie. I think it goes along. It’s definitely considered on a daily basis.”
Trumbo getting closer: Mark Trumbo is nearing a rehab assignment, Hyde said.
Trumbo, who’s eligible to return from the 60-day injured list, is playing extended spring training games in Sarasota and has been playing first base and the outfield.
“He hasn’t had any setbacks,” Hyde said. “He’s feeling good … He’s going to start going out pretty soon.”
Trumbo had surgery on his right knee last September and did play in Grapefruit League games, but the Orioles decided to keep him in Florida to strengthen his knee.
Pitcher Nate Karns, who is on this road trip, is on “his throwing program,” Hyde said. “We’re hoping he doesn’t have any setbacks. He’s hoping to be back on the mound fairly soon to start a mound progression, some rehab stints. Still just playing catch and recovering from that.”
Karns is on the 60-day IL with a right forearm strain.
Father’s trip: This weekend, fathers of Orioles players have been in Colorado with their sons.
“I’ve had quite a few dads thank me, so that’s been pretty cool,” Hyde said. “They don’t get to see their sons in this type of environment … In this meat-grinder business we’re in, to have your dad around and see what you go through on a daily basis, that’s pretty cool.”
Hyde’s father and his 11-year-son have also been on the trip.
“I love having my dad around,” Hyde said. “My dad was a schoolteacher, so he was able to be around a lot. Throughout my playing career and my coaching career, he’s been around a lot. To have him here is always special for me. To have my son here, it’s pretty cool.”