The Baltimore Orioles have officially activated first baseman Chris Davis from their 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday afternoon. The veteran slugger was previously forced to the sideline due to what was diagnosed as a strained right oblique.
In what has become a corresponding roster move, the Orioles have also outrighted outfielder Craig Gentry to Triple-A Norfolk as he has since cleared waivers after initially being designated for assignment.
The 31-year-old corner infielder originally broke into the major league level back in 2008 as a member of the Texas Rangers. Spending three-plus seasons in Texas, he then arrived in Baltimore midway through the 2011 campaign. For his big-league career, Davis is currently batting .248 with 255 home runs and 659 RBIs in addition to a .329 on-base percentage.
Now in the midst of his sixth full season as a member of the Orioles, the veteran slugger has already made 61 regular-season appearances for the club thus far into 2017. Over the course of 217 at-bats, Davis has registered a .226 batting average alongside 14 home runs and 26 RBIs. Adding a .320 on-base percentage as well, he has also managed seven doubles, one triple and 95 strikeouts this time around.
Entering play on Friday evening against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs, the Orioles will be sporting a 42-46 record. As a result, the struggling Orioles are currently in fourth place in the American League East Division. They are coming off of two consecutive wins over the surprisingly successful Minnesota Twins.