Rajai Davis LF/CF DET 1 month ago

Davis won't be part of a traditional platoon, seeing some at-bats against right-handers, Chris Iott of MLive.com.Davis actually had a higher OPS against righties in 2014 than potential platoon-mate Anthony Gose, .617 to .604. Of course, the Tigers acquired Gose for a reason that probably goes beyond riding the bench. Gose is just 24, so he'll still get a decent amount of at-bats. Ausmus just seems to be aware that Davis is the safer option for most of the season.

Rajai Davis LF/CF DET 2 months ago

Davis will likely platoon with Anthony Gose in center field to begin the season.

It's possible that Davis will lead off against left-handed starters as well, but there's reason to believe that his playing time will dip from his levels a year ago (494 plate appearances). Historically, Davis has hit lefties very well (including a .939 OPS last season), and he's proven capable of make an impact with his speed even without full-time quantities of at-bats.

Rajai Davis LF/CF DET 6 months ago

Davis (groin) will be available to pinch hit for the Tigers, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports.

The Tigers might be scared about Davis' groin hindering him on the field and basepaths, but they still probably believe in his ability as a hitter. It will be telling if Brad Ausmus gives Davis the green light to steal if the center fielder makes it on base.

Rajai Davis LF/CF DET 6 months ago

Davis (groin) is out of the lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles.

Davis exited each of the first two games early because of a groin injury, and it will keep him out of the starting lineup for Game 3. The injury reportedly bothered him more as the temperature cooled, so it wouldn't be surprising if he doesn't make an appearance in the game unless necessary.

Rajai Davis LF/CF DET 6 months ago

Davis (groin) didn't do anything in Saturday's workout, according to manager Brad Ausmus, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The team will give Davis, who was lifted early in each of the first two games of the ALDS due to the groin injury, one final look over Sunday morning to see if he can be an option for Game 3. While Davis said he's going to try to play, Ausmus admitted that the cooler weather in the forecast for Sunday is a concern.

Rajai Davis LF/CF DET 6 months ago

Davis (groin) said he's going to try to play Sunday, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Davis was lifted early yet again Friday, after only getting one bag on what probably should have been double in the fourth inning. He suffered a Grade 1 groin strain in the second-to-last game of the regular season, which threatened to keep him off the ALDS roster entirely, but Davis said he's feeling better every day and will going to try to give it another go in Game 3. However, the decision on whether or not he'll play will ultimately be made by manager Brad Ausmus.

Rajai Davis LF/CF DET 6 months ago

Davis (groin) was removed from Friday's game against the Orioles after hitting a single in the fourth inning.

Davis has been dealing with a groin injury since the last weekend of the regular season, but he was able to tough it out in the first game of the series. After reaching on a single, he appeared to have aggravated the injury, and was replaced by Ezequiel Carrera.

Rajai Davis LF/CF DET 6 months ago

Davis (groin) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles.

Davis was subbed out of Thursday's game late in the contest, but it appears his removal was primarily precautionary. He will man center field and hit ninth in Friday's batting order.

Rajai Davis LF/CF DET 6 months ago

Davis was pinch hit for late in Thursday's game, but expects to be fine Friday, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports

Davis' groin injury reportedly bothered him more as the temperature cooled, and was pinch hit for when the game was largely out of hand in the ninth inning. While he is considered day-to-day, he should be good to go Friday.

Rajai Davis LF/CF DET 6 months ago

Davis (groin) is in the lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Orioles on Thursday.

A groin ailment threatened to keep Davis off the ALDS roster entirely, but not only is he active, he'll start in center and bat ninth against right-hander Chris Tillman in Game 1. Ezequiel Carrera and Don Kelly will both be available should Davis' injury present issues.