Rajai Davis status still unclear
The Tigers were able to put Rajai Davis through some batting practice at Wednesday’s workout at Camden Yards, which is good news for his chances at playing in this AL Division Series. The one step he didn’t do, however, is the one step he arguably needs to do in order to make a full impact on this series.
Davis did some light running in left field with strength and conditioning coach Javair Gillett. He did some long-tossing to air out his arm, then took his regular rounds of batting practice. He did not run the bases, lightly or otherwise.
And as Brad Ausmus reiterated, they need to trust that Rajai Davis can accelerate without aggravating the pubis symphysis sprain he suffered last Saturday.
“We’ve gotta get past that point of him making some baseball moves in terms of running, exploding out of the box and taking swings,” Ausmus said before Wednesday’s workout.
With the series opener coming up Thursday afternoon, and rosters due by 10am, the Tigers are going to have to project how close he is to doing everything. If Davis makes the roster but is unable to play, the Tigers have Ezequiel Carrera and Don Kelly ready to fill in center, but they’d likely need an extra position player to fill the bench gap, likely either outfielder Tyler Collins or infielder Hernan Perez. Both were at Camden Yards for Wednesday’s workout.