Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before the first game of Wednesday’s split doubleheader at Camden Yards that first baseman Chris Davis’ season wasn’t over, but that he wouldn’t handicap whether he’d be in the second game’s lineup.
“Chris will play again, yes,” Showalter said.
Davis, has played six times in the past two weeks, and his most recent start was Saturday at the New York Yankees. He sat Sunday in New York, Monday at Fenway Park and the first game Wednesday.
After reaching the relative high-water mark of a .180 batting average on Sept. 5, Davis has dipped to a league-low .168, going 1-for-37 with 20 strikeouts in 40 plate appearances in the 10 games since.
The time off won’t spare Davis from qualifying to have the lowest batting average in major league history. Should the Orioles play their full 162-game schedule, 502 plate appearances will qualify one of their players for the batting title. Davis entered Wednesday with 522 plate appearances.
Sisco could be active this weekend
Catcher Chance Sisco, who is being treated for a concussion after a foul tip to the mask Sept. 16, will be checked to see if he can play the final weekend of the season, Showalter said.
“He’s still got, they think, the back-end of the concussion symptoms,” Showalter said. “I’ve talked to [head athletic trainer Brian Ebel] about it last night, and again today. We’re hoping that clears up and he passes the test. I think they’re getting close to being able to retest him. I’d like him to end up active. It’d be a good way to go home. That’s what we’re hoping.”
Sisco didn’t have a hit in 11 plate appearances once he was recalled Sept. 3 for what was his third stint in the majors this year. The Orioles have been operating with only Caleb Joseph and Austin Wynns as the catchers despite expanded rosters.
Starters take shape
The Orioles will piece together Wednesday’s games out of their bullpen, with right-hander Ryan Meisinger starting the first game and the second game contingent on how the first game goes.
But Showalter said right-handers David Hess, Yefry Ramírez and Dylan Bundy are in line to start the first three games of the season-ending series against the Houston Astros at Camden Yards.
Ramírez needed a couple of extra days for a cut on his hand to heal, thus pushing him off his rotation turn Wednesday. But he will be ready Friday, Showalter said. Sunday’s starter is still up in the air for the season finale.
Around the horn
Asked about the success Boston Red Sox outfielder and MVP candidate Mookie Betts has had this year, Showalter said, “We don’t feel like he’s picking on us. He does it to a lot of teams.” Betts homered in Monday’s 6-2 Red Sox win, and entered Wednesday batting .365 with 13 extra-base hits in 15 games against the Orioles this year.