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Davis progressing, but no firm timetable

Showalter optimistic 1st baseman will avoid starting season on DL
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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who hasn't played since March 2 due to a sore right elbow, still doesn't have a timetable for a return.

Manager Buck Showalter didn't say that Davis would return this weekend after the Orioles complete a two-game road trip to Jupiter, Fla., and Port St. Lucie, Fla., to play the Cardinals and Mets.

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who hasn't played since March 2 due to a sore right elbow, still doesn't have a timetable for a return.

Manager Buck Showalter didn't say that Davis would return this weekend after the Orioles complete a two-game road trip to Jupiter, Fla., and Port St. Lucie, Fla., to play the Cardinals and Mets.

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"I can't make that decision now," Showalter said of if Davis will return this weekend. "He's a little better now. He can do some things that he wasn't able to do, some things yesterday. Let's see how he responds to it. I wouldn't put a date on it yet. I'm not there yet."

Showalter said that talk of Davis starting the season on the 10-day disabled list is premature.

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"We're not there yet," Showalter said. "I still have confidence that we can get this behind us and get enough at-bats to be ready. We're not there yet. Could get there, but I'm hoping it doesn't happen."

Worth noting
• Right-handed pitcher Gabriel Ynoa, who is out with shin splints, will be able to work without the protective boot that he's been wearing.

• The Orioles will take their first overnight Spring Training road trip since 2010 on Thursday and Friday. Showalter says he's looking forward to it.

"We're embracing it," Showalter said. "It might be an advantage. Guys will be at a hotel. We're going to take just about everybody. It's starting to move toward the end of spring. We're seeing two teams we really don't play during the season.

"There's a lot of good to come out of it, the way we look at it. It's not like it's a 17-hour bus ride. It's three hours, we hope. Sleep in a little bit. ... Our guys are looking forward to it."

• Showalter had Trey Mancini leading off in Wednesday's game. It's the first time Mancini has led off this spring.

• The Orioles optioned outfielder Joey Rickard to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigned left-handed pitcher Jayson Aquino and infielder Ruben Tejada to Minor League camp.

Rickard, who batted .241 with 4 home runs and 19 RBIs for the Orioles last season, hit .152 (5-for-33) with an RBI this spring. Aquino was 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in three games, and Tejada hit .194 with two RBIs in 19 games.

The cuts leave the Orioles with 42 players in camp.

Up next
The Orioles begin a two-game road trip to Florida's East Coast when they face the Cardinals on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium. Kevin Gausman will make his third Grapefruit League start. He's 1-1 with a 10.38 ERA. Listen to the game on Gameday Audio.

Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Wednesday.

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