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Forearm tightness keeps Davis at DH

Wright pitches well vs. Cardinals; Lee sidelined by oblique strain
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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is dealing with tightness in his right forearm that kept him from playing first base on Wednesday.

Davis, who hit a three-run homer in the Orioles' 10-9 loss to the Cardinals, was scheduled to play in the field, but shortly before the game, he was switched to designated hitter.

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is dealing with tightness in his right forearm that kept him from playing first base on Wednesday.

Davis, who hit a three-run homer in the Orioles' 10-9 loss to the Cardinals, was scheduled to play in the field, but shortly before the game, he was switched to designated hitter.

"I noticed it a few days ago," Davis said. "I think it's a combination of me sleeping with my arm tucked up underneath me and just not being able to get it stretched out."

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It doesn't affect his hitting, which was shown by his impressive three-run dinger.

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"I've never had arm issues, never had elbow issues, and it doesn't seem like it's going to be a big deal," Davis said. "It's just something I have to deal with and take it day by day."

Wright impresses vs. Cards
Mike Wright Jr.'s second Grapefruit League start went much smoother than his first. The 28-year-old right-hander, who is vying for the fifth spot in the Orioles' rotation, pitched two scoreless innings against the Cardinals, allowing just one hit.

"I fell behind a lot of hitters today," Wright said. "As far as my stuff, I felt pretty good. I felt like I was right around the zone, right around where I wanted to be."

Wright's first start on Friday against the Rays, featured a 12-pitch walk to the leadoff batter, and he allowed a run on two hits over two innings. 

"I was pretty happy with my cutters today," Wright said. "I threw a couple bad ones, but for the most part, when I needed them they were there. A couple ground balls from it. Like I said, I was pretty locked in down and away."

Manager Buck Showalter was pleased with Wright's outing, saying, "You could see him collect himself, get back in some counts and get some outs. I like the emotional side of it he's showing on the mound, the maturity so far." 

Lee out due to oblique
Orioles left-hander Chris Lee has a right oblique strain and will miss about four weeks, manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday.

Lee was removed from Tuesday's game in Port Charlotte in the third inning after he faced one batter, and was sent for an MRI Wednesday morning.

"That's one injury that pretty standard length of time, 23-30 days," Showalter said. "That's going to be some significant time for him."

Lee won't have any more chances to try and impress the Orioles with Spring Training ending on March 25. After a disappointing 2017 season at Triple-A Norfolk, during which he went 5-6 with a 5.11 ERA, the 25-year-old was hoping for a rebound.

"He's certainly going to get an opportunity, but it takes him out of the mix here," Showalter said. "We were really looking forward to getting him some good looks and see if he can start taking strides toward being the pitcher his pure arm tells him he could be."

Notes
• Outfielder Austin Hays, who's trying to make the club after an outstanding 2017 in the Minors, had an MRI on his right shoulder. Showalter said that the MRI showed some soreness in the back of the shoulder and that Hays would be out about three days.

• Outfielder Craig Gentry is out until after Monday's off-day with a left hamstring injury, while catcher Andrew Susac made his Grapefruit League debut with a walk against St. Louis.

Up next
The Orioles travel to Charlotte Sports Park for the second time in three days on Thursday to play the Rays at 1:05 p.m. ET. Nestor Cortes Jr., a Rule 5 Draft pick, who allowed a run in two innings in his first game on Saturday against the Twins, starts. The O's will face Rays right-hander Jake Faria. The game can be heard on an exclusive audio webcast on MLB.com.

Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com.

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