Saturday 22nd July, 2017
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Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis likely will be sidelined until after the All-Star break with a right oblique strain.

The Orioles placed Davis on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday after he was injured during Monday's 10-6 loss to the Chicago White Sox while flying out to right field with the bases loaded in the third inning.

Davis, 31, told reporters Saturday he will have to wait about a week to 10 days for the inflammation and swelling to subside before resuming any baseball activities.

"I was basically told it's sensitive," Davis said. "It's one of those things you don't want to rush because if you have a setback, it makes things that much harder. But right now, just kind of taking it day by day. Obviously, really frustrated and especially with the way things are going. I'll be sitting on the bench not really able to do anything except cheer and encourage guys. It's a pretty awful feeling.

"(It's) just kind of a touch-and-feel thing right now. ... There's not really much you can do for it. There's not really much you can do to protect against it. It's just one of those mysteries, I guess. Obviously, had the left oblique injury a few years ago. I don't feel like this is as severe, but it takes so much time to get the swelling down, the inflammation out and then you can get to a point where you can try to do any kind of work."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated he doesn't expect Davis back before the All-Star break, which begins July 10.

"I think three weeks would be real ambitious," Showalter said before Saturday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. "I'd sign up for that right now, but who knows.

"It was Grade 1, so he had it before on the other side. We'll see. I'd love to see that was the case. These things are so hard to get a grip on. I've seen them when you try to test them at a certain period of time and it's not that you re-injure them, but you definitely bring it into play more."

Davis is batting .226 with a team-leading 14 home runs and 26 RBIs in 61 games this season. He also leads the majors with 95 strikeouts.

Davis is in the second year of a club-record seven-year, $161 million deal.

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