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Davis rests sore elbow, homers off bench

MILWAUKEE -- Khris Davis wasn't in the Brewers' starting lineup Wednesday night, but he entered the game in the seventh inning and hit a ninth-inning home run, showing no ill effects from the left elbow pain that had sidelined him Tuesday.

Davis said he woke up with some nerve-related pain Tuesday after sleeping in a weird position. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he was holding Davis out an extra day as a precaution, a decision that was made easier after his replacement, Gerardo Parra, had a big night in the series opener.

But Roenicke pinch-hit Davis for Parra against left-hander Jeremy Affeldt in the midst of a seventh-inning Brewers rally. Davis hit a long flyout to right field in that at-bat before leading off the ninth with a homer to left field off Santiago Casilla, his 18th of the season.

The elbow issue is the latest in a series of minor aches and pains for Davis. In an early July series against Toronto, he tweaked a muscle near his left shoulder on a head-first slide into second base. He also exited a game last Friday in St. Louis with left calf tightness.

Though several Brewers are dealing with similar issues, Davis said he doesn't feel the grind of his first full Major League season is taking an unusual toll on him.

"I've done a pretty good job keeping up with my body, taking light pain, staying in the weight room," Davis said. "It's a long season, definitely. You can't feel good 100 percent of the time."

Caitlin Swieca is an associate reporter for
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