Asked Tuesday night about Coco Crisp and Brett Lawrie being held out of the A’s lineup with injuries, manager Bob Melvin threw in that Ike Davis was “a little banged up as well.” It turns out that Davis’ issue was a little more serious.
The A’s on Wednesday morning placed Davis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hip and recalled outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Nashville. Davis had an MRI on his hip Tuesday but said he was still waiting to go over the results with a team doctor.
Davis said he’s had “continued hip problems since I hurt my quad” – an injury that landed him on the DL from May 14 to June 18 – and that, “it’s just gotten to the point where it’s very uncomfortable.”
“I’m having trouble moving,” Davis said. “It feels like something’s not right.”
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Turning on the left hip is what helps Davis, a left-handed hitter, generate power when he is hitting. He said he hasn’t been able to do that normally, and that lately he felt himself compensating for the discomfort by putting more pressure on his right leg. Davis started just one game in the last week, Sunday in Baltimore, and said that while playing that day his hip “just kept getting worse.”
“He came back (from the first DL stint), and that’s probably as good as he’s felt right after, and it’s been getting progressively worse for him,” Melvin said. “I know it’s bad enough right now to put him on the DL.”
Davis, who is batting .229 with three home runs this season, said he had an MRI three or four years ago that showed a small labrum tear in his hip, and he thinks that could be the root of this issue but didn’t want to speculate further until he’d seen the MRI results.
Smolinski gave the A’s a brief offensive jolt the first time he was called up this season, hitting .320 with two homers and seven RBIs in 11 games. He was starting in left field Wednesday against Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood.
Toward the end of his last call-up, Smolinksi was also working with A’s infielders coach Ron Washington at first base. The A’s already have a right-handed option there in Mark Canha, but Melvin said it “wouldn’t surprise me if at some point (Smolinski) got a start at first.”
The A’s full lineup against Wood:
And the Dodgers’ lineup against A’s right-hander Jesse Chavez:
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▪ Melvin said Crisp (ankle, neck) and Lawrie (back) are likely not available Wednesday, as he would prefer to rest both players through Thursday’s off-day “rather than run them out there when they’re a little banged up still and potentially get them worse.”
▪ The A’s will flip Sonny Gray and Kendall Graveman next time through the rotation to keep Gray on regular rest. So their rotation for the weekend is Chris Bassitt on Friday, Gray on Saturday and Graveman on Sunday. It will remain on turn after that.
Melvin did not commit to Felix Doubront getting another start, but again complimented the left-hander for his outing Tuesday, in which he allowed one hit and one unearned run in six innings, walking six and striking out eight.
“The way he performed last night, he certainly deserves another start,” Melvin said.
▪ Jesse Hahn (forearm strain) is still doing strengthening work and has not played catch since his injury. Hahn has been on the DL since July 6, and Melvin reiterated that there is a good possibility Hahn will not pitch again this season.
“He’s had problems in that area before,” Melvin said of Hahn, who underwent Tommy John surgery earlier in his career. “You don’t want to push that. As long as there’s still some soreness, we’re going to be a little reluctant to have him throw at this point.”