Astros place Fisher on 10-day DL, recall Davis

May 20th, 2018

HOUSTON -- The Astros placed outfielder on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with gastrointestinal discomfort, retroactive to Saturday. In a corresponding move prior to the series finale against the Indians, the club recalled from Triple-A Fresno to replace Fisher on the 25-man roster.
Unsure of the specifics, Fisher said he had a poor "reaction to something" days before Sunday. Fisher will see a specialist Monday for clarity on the digestive issue after being unable to eat properly or normally before hitting the DL, a stint he doesn't expect to last long.
"Obviously, if you're not eating, it's going to do a lot of things to you," Fisher said. "It's going to do everything to you. Obviously, with as much as we're working here and as much as we're on the field, and obviously, playing every day is something you've got to be fueled for. And if you're not, you can't be there to help.
"This is something pretty new to me," the outfielder added. "And I feel like it's going to be something I'm going to be able to bounce back from pretty quick."
Fisher, who has made 17 starts in left field, was batting .176 and has 37 strikeouts in 74 at-bats before being placed on the DL, including striking out twice and walking once in Friday's series opener against the Indians.

"Even the day he played, he wasn't completely feeling great and had some digestive issues and was starting to lose a little bit of weight," said Astros manager AJ Hinch. "We had him see our doctors. We got him some medication and it still didn't resolve itself. We felt like we needed to get him a little more extensive tests over the next couple days and play with a full roster."
In 33 games with Fresno since being sent down in mid-April, Davis posted a .415/.473/.654 slash line. His .415 batting average was the highest among all Triple-A players. A traditional infielder with limited outfield experience, Davis batted .250 in 24 at-bats during a nine-game stint with the Astros from Opening Day through April 11.
"J.D.'s obviously put himself in a nice position to come up and contribute," Hinch said. "He swung the bat extremely well in Triple-A. … We'll incorporate him as much as we can. I have the debate every day about what to do in left field and what to do at [designated hitter]. Those are two spots that I'm going to take a look at. He may see some time at first base as well. It just depends on how it's all configured."

Davis, who Hinch said could start Tuesday against the Giants, completed Fresno's third cycle in 21 seasons Thursday, briefly raising his batting average to .425. Davis' 17 doubles in the Pacific Coast League play are tied for first.
Davis, who has never started a Major League game in left field, made nine appearances (five starts) at first base earlier this season and 22 appearances at third base in 2017.
"One day, you know, you take ground balls at third," Davis said. "One day you take fly balls out in left and then you take ground balls at first the next day.
"I'm not a fish out of the water out there," Davis said of playing left. "I feel pretty comfortable out there."
Injury note
• Right fielder returned to the Astros' lineup Sunday. Reddick was scratched from Friday's game with a skin infection near his left knee. He did not start Saturday, but reported a pain-free appearance after he pinch-hit in Saturday's ninth inning.