Chris Davis rejoined the A team on Wednesday and listened to him as if he had never left.
“It’s very exciting. They are all happy to see me, smiling and hugging a lot,” Davis said in a pre-match video conference before the A team faced the Tigers in Detroit. “We did not maintain social distancing. All people are very happy to meet me and I will do my best to help them advance to the playoffs. This is important to this organization, so this is what I will do.”
Davis got news from manager Bob Melvin on Tuesday night that he will return to the place where he was one of the most feared powerful hitters in the major leagues from 2016 to 2018, and his path to destruction Interrupted by a hip injury in Pittsburgh, funky on the plate, and finally traded with the Texas Rangers.
“He said he might be more excited about this call-up than the first time,” Melvin said. “This is due to a lot of things, in fact he had to dig deeper and do it again. It is a very difficult thing. It is very impressive to see what he has achieved and to come back here. Now it’s all about He helped our team go down.”
Exactly how Melvin intends to use Davis is unclear. On Wednesday in Detroit, Jed Lowrie (Jed Lowrie) appeared in the lineup of designated batsmen.
“We sat down and talked, he just arrived not long ago. Then once I do that, I will give you a little more,” Melvin said.
Melvin said that Davis is a very popular teammate and this alone can help.
“Over the years here, he has become everyone’s favorite,” Melvin said. “I think the fact that he returned to the club made everyone happy, seeing his achievements in the top three leagues, doing what he has done here in the past, and looking forward to making contributions here.”
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In addition to hitting 4 homers against Houston and Chicago in last year’s playoffs and playing his old abilities in 6 games, Davis has been in Pittsburgh since May due to a hip injury. After colliding with the railings, he almost always lost his way in the plate. February 5, 2019. He had 12 home runs in 43 games at the time of the injury, and only 11 of the next 90 games remained. Last year, in 60 regular season games, Davis never lost control, hitting 0.200 and 10 RBI with two home runs in limited game time.
Even with contributions late in the playoffs, after Marcus Semien went to Toronto as a free agent, Team A still traded Davis to Texas in exchange for Elvis Andrews . The training camp quad with the Rangers strained and entered the regular season. He was assigned to accept the task on June 8 and was released.
Davis said that this was the inspiration for Matt Chapman of Team A to “get off the couch” at his home in Arizona. He worked hard with his coach and best friend Gilbert DeLeon to restore his swing.
Davis said: “I tinkered in the cage and started to use my back and legs more.” “When I got the next opportunity, it appeared immediately. As long as it persists, I will Drive it out.”
Davis hit 10 home runs in 16 games and scored 0.333 points in 16 games. In his first game, he hit the opposite field in another game. Make him believe that he is on the right track.
Davis said: “I hit the other way on the linear drive, and when I hit the other way on the linear drive, I was very confident and comfortable.”
Confidence and comfort are exactly what Melvin thinks Davis needs in terms of his mentality.
Melvin said: “When you have to go back to work after a period of time away and come back to where he is now, he feels very comfortable with his skin.” “He is very happy to come back and rejuvenate. In my opinion, This could be a dangerous Chris Davis for us.”
Team A has used many designated batsmen this season. Their average batting rate was 0.207, with 18 home runs, 56 RBIs and 0.661 OPS. In 2018 alone, Davis had 46 home runs and 118 RBIS as DHs, with an OPS of 883.
Melvin said he didn’t believe in Davis’s ability and never left him. Davis sounds like he wants to prove his manager is right.
“I’m a batsman. This is what I was born to do. Give it to AB and I’ll figure it out. I don’t just go there to waste (batting),” Davis said. “If you give me a chance, I will solve this problem for my teammates.”