Leg injuries end Davis' season
NEW YORK -- Outfielder Khris Davis proved in 2013 that he can play in the Major Leagues. In 2014, he will try to prove he can stay healthy.
The 25-year-old will miss the Brewers' last two games because of multiple leg injuries -- a right quadriceps strain and left hamstring strain -- suffered during his eighth-inning groundout in Friday's 4-2 win over the Mets. Davis had already been dealing with a sore left wrist for several weeks.
Davis hit .279 with 11 home runs in 136 at-bats in his rookie season. He will probably play a more prominent role in 2014, but with left fielder Ryan Braun, center fielder Carlos Gomez and right fielder Norichika Aoki all under contract, it remains to be seen where Davis will fit.
"I can't answer that because of the personnel," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Now, he's performed at a level where, if all the pieces fell into place, you'd feel good about putting him out there. Health is an issue. All his years he's played, you need to be able to be healthy for somebody to be able to count on you every day going out there playing."
When he did play, Davis impressed. His .949 on-base plus slugging percentage ranked eighth among Major Leaguers with at least 100 plate appearances entering Saturday, and his ratio of one home run for every 12.4 at-bats trailed only Orioles slugger Chris Davis (11.0) among big leaguers who played more than a handful of games. The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera was next, hitting a homer every 12.5 at-bats.
Khris Davis attributed his leg injuries to a combination of dehydration and the chill in the air at Citi Field on Friday night. When his grounder got past the Mets pitcher, Davis tried to accelerate to the bag.
"I just lost control, lost balance of myself," Davis said. "What I felt was my quad grab, so I tried to slow down, and my hammy gave out on the other side. There's no chance [he's going to play any more]. I'm going to need about three weeks. My body is just telling me I need to chill out, I guess."
He is planning a quiet offseason at home in Arizona.