Khris Davis has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 left quad strain and will miss three to four weeks, Rangers general manager Chris Young announced Wednesday.
In a win over the Angels on Tuesday, Davis had placed a perfect bunt down in the first inning and beat the throw for an infield single. But he let up halfway down the line and was removed from the game.
Davis got off to a slow start in his first spring with Texas, but he had come alive recently with a pair of homers. He was hitting .219/.306/.743 with six RBIs in camp.
With both Davis and Willie Calhoun -- who has been sidelined with a groin strain -- out with injuries, the Rangers are in need of a designated hitter for the first few weeks of the season. The two came into Spring Training neck-and-neck in a position battle before Calhoun’s injury. With Davis down too, they are especially lacking a right-handed power bat, and they don't have any available options on the 40-man roster.
“That's an area that we're going to have to work through,” said president of baseball operations Jon Daniels. “We met last night and we're going to continue to talk about some of our options. It may be a situation where we're using the DH to rotate through a variety of players until at least one of these guys is ready.
“We're going to have to mix and match a little bit, and it's an opportunity for somebody else to jump in there.”
Rangers manager Chris Woodward said that he didn’t want to give too much away, but the coaching staff has a few ideas about how they want to approach the DH position in the first few weeks of the season.
He reiterated Daniels’ suggestion that they could rotate guys through the position, keeping it flexible. Woodward sees Davis' absence as a pathway to keeping players on the roster that they may not have originally.
“We'll see how it works out, and obviously we have a few more roster decisions to make,” Woodward said. “I don't know for sure how we're going to move on from here, but we still got some more decisions to make.”