CHICAGO -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is frustrated by his struggles at the plate and insists he is fully committed to turning things around.But a day after Orioles Hall of Famer and long-time television analyst Jim Palmer questioned how much work Davis had done with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh
CHICAGO -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is frustrated by his struggles at the plate and insists he is fully committed to turning things around.
But a day after Orioles Hall of Famer and long-time television analyst Jim Palmer questioned how much work Davis had done with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh in the offseason and said Davis was suffering from paralysis from over-analysis, Davis responded by saying he is disappointed by Palmer's criticism.
"Obviously, it bothers me," Davis said before Thursday's game against the White Sox. "It's disappointing that when things are obviously not going the way I want, for that to be called into question by two guys [Palmer and Coolbaugh] that I have a lot of trust, have a lot of faith in, that I've had a good relationship with for a number of years, I hate that's where we're at."
Palmer's comments came during the Orioles' postgame show following Baltimore's 11-1 loss on Wednesday. Palmer implied that Davis has not been willing to make adjustments at the plate and indicated Davis may not have put in as much offseason work with Coolbaugh as he has said.
How often Davis and Coolbaugh worked together differs depending on who is asked, and Davis said Thursday that he's frustrated not to be seeing any return on his offseason investment. Davis said the lack of emotion he shows during games isn't an indication of how much he's bothered by his struggles.
"It bothers me a great deal, especially when we're not winning games, especially when I'm coming up with opportunities to cash in and to change the game," Davis said Thursday. "It's frustrating not to see that."
Davis is hitting .154 with four home runs and 13 RBIs, and his struggles have been only more magnified by the Orioles' losing record. Palmer, while critical of Davis in Wednesday night's broadcasts, did not single him out for the way Baltimore has performed.
"I can just look at what's going on. He's slumping. He's really -- I mean, he's killing this club," Palmer said. "He's not the only guy doing that. It's not all on Chris Davis."
Coolbaugh said Thursday that he did talk about changes -- mostly mental -- that Davis could make in being more aggressive in the strike zone and swinging at pitches he knows he can handle. As he attempts to find his groove at the plate, Davis said he "wipes the slate clean" on almost a daily basis.
"It's not what I want it to look like right now," Davis said. "But all I know how to do is continue to work and trust there's a history there, a history of success and try to be here as much as I can to for my teammates."
MRI possible for Trumbo
Orioles right fielder Mark Trumbo missed a second straight game Thursday with right knee soreness that he believes is the result of banging his knee when he slid into a base on Tuesday.
Manager Buck Showalter said Trumbo could get an MRI on Friday in Tampa, Fla., "just to be on the safe side." Trumbo was still experiencing soreness he first felt after Tuesday night's 3-2 loss. Showalter does not expect the injury to be serious and Trumbo remains day to day.
O'Day may need injection
Reliever Darren O'Day is expected to get a cortisone injection on his right elbow, which he hyperextended in a bizarre bullpen incident on May 6. O'Day was forced to skip a side throwing session on Wednesday and will get the injection once the team arrives in Florida, Showalter said. If he does require a shot, Showalter said O'Day could miss two to three days before he resumes throwing.
"We're hoping he comes in tomorrow and feels great and we don't have to go down that road," Showalter said.
Jeff Arnold is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago.