Chris Davis benched indefinitely by Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles have seen enough from struggling slugger Chris Davis.
Davis sat out his fourth consecutive contest on Saturday, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that the former All-Star’s return was not imminent.
Showalter said he doesn’t expect Davis’ absence to last a week or two, but the Orioles are not putting a timetable on his return. He is available if “the team needs what he can bring” off the bench, though it seemed obvious Showalter would be hesitant to use him.
To say that Davis has been bad this season would be the understatement of the century — the 32-year-old currently holds a negative WAR (-1.9), thanks in large part to his poor performance at the plate. He averaged 37 homers over the last six seasons but has only managed a mere four through 57 games and has struck out 86 times. Meanwhile, Davis’ .150 batting average is by far the lowest among players with at least 200 plate appearances (per Fangraphs).
Things have gotten so bad for Davis that local bars have even begun to offer promotions based around his woes. It’s about time that the Orioles finally came to their senses and gave him some time off to regroup.