DETROIT -- After a day of rest and treatment on his left hip, Khris Davis was deemed ready to return to the A’s lineup.
The slugger was back in his usual cleanup spot for Sunday’s game against the Tigers. Davis was scratched from the lineup two hours before Saturday’s win over Detroit after he said the lingering effects from his left hip contusion had been affecting him at the plate.
“Hopefully yesterday did him some good,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “I know he got a lot of treatment. Hopefully it’s that much better today.”
Davis sustained the injury on May 5 after running into a side railing down the left-field line at PNC Park against the Pirates and has missed five games since. In the games he’s been healthy enough to play in, Davis has hit well, going 8-for-20 (.400) over his past five games with two home runs and three RBIs. Entering Sunday, he's slashing .364/.447/.576 in May.
Pinder moves up
After crushing a home run for a second consecutive day on Saturday, Chad Pinder was moved to the No. 3 spot in the lineup on Sunday for the first time this season.
The move was in part a reward for the past couple of days, but also made sense to Melvin with the A’s going up against another left-hander in Tigers starter Gregory Soto. In 48 at-bats against left-handers this year, Pinder was slashing .313/.353/.583 with three home runs and seven RBIs.
“He’s been pretty good, and when he’s swinging well, it’s probably prudent to get him up there, especially against lefties, who we target him to do damage against,” Melvin said. “Seems like the right spot for him today.”
Semien joins battle against PEDs
The Taylor Hooton Foundation's Advisory Board of active players throughout Major League Baseball has reached a record 42 members, with at least one representative from each of the 30 MLB teams. The Taylor Hooton Foundation is widely acknowledged as the leader in advocacy against the use of performance-enhancing substances by the youth of America, a cause shortstop Marcus Semien, the A’s representative, is glad to be a part of.
“It’s important,” Semien said. “I play the game the right way. I play hard. I work out a lot to get bigger. At this level, there’s a lot of negative effects on your body with PEDs, and that’s what we try to teach the young kids. It’s all about playing on a level playing field. Health is the most important thing for the young kids.”