The Oakland Athletics have placed first baseman Ike Davis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hip, retroactive to August 18. The A's have recalled outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Nashville.
Ike Davis last appeared at first base for the A's on August 17 against the Baltimore Orioles, going 0-for-2 with a walk. He also threw an inning in Sunday's 18-2 blowout loss in Baltimore. Davis would be eligible to return on September 2, though it's unclear how serious the injury is. Davis says the injury is unrelated to his pitching, however:
Davis said he's been dealing with hip pain ever since quad injury. Had an MRI, no results yet. #Athletics— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichCSN) August 19, 2015
left hip, and Davis says affects him turning on back side when hits. "I can't continue to do what I'm trying to do. It's just not working"— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichCSN) August 19, 2015
Davis: "I can't run more than like 60 percent without feeling like I'm going to pull something."— Trevor Hass (@TrevorHass) August 19, 2015
Smolinski was optioned to Triple-A Nashville after Coco Crisp was activated from the disabled list on August 3. In 12 more games with the Nashville Sounds, he went 11-for-42 with three home runs, two doubles, five walks, and five strikeouts in that span to tally a .262/.347/.524 line while playing the corner outfield positions.
Stephen Vogt, Mark Canha, and Jake Smolinski, who was taking reps at first base before getting optioned to Triple-A, may all factor at first base with Davis out.
In today's lineup, Brett Lawrie and Coco Crisp remain on the bench against Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood. Lawrie and Crisp were both held out of Tuesday's lineup against Clayton Kershaw with soreness as well. Smolinski will bat fifth and play in left field.
Manager Bob Melvin had a few other notes on injured players:
Melvin suggests Hahn might not pitch again this season, as he has said before.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 19, 2015
Crisp still banged up from collision, Lawrie still out with back soreness. They are being pointed at Friday to play.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 19, 2015