Rajai Davis
LF/CF/DH FA
2 months ago

Davis (illness) was activated off the 10-day disabled list Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

Davis had a brief rehab assignment with the Indians' Eastern League affiliate and now returns after spending the minimum 10 days on the DL. The 37-year-old should serve as a fourth or fifth outfielder for the Indians over the final month of the season.

Rajai Davis
LF/CF/DH FA
3 months ago

Davis (illness) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Akron on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Davis is scheduled to play Wednesday and Thursday for the Indians' Eastern League affiliate before he's presumably reinstated from the disabled list Saturday when rosters expand. The 37-year-old will likely be ticketed for a role as the Tribe's fourth or fifth outfielder upon returning from the DL with Greg Allen performing well of late as the team's primary center fielder.

Rajai Davis
LF/CF/DH FA
3 months ago

Davis was put on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Monday due to a non-baseball related medical condition, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though the Indians declined to comment any further on Davis's condition, the club expects him to be back on the active roster by Sept. 1. He will officially be eligible to come off the shelf Aug. 30. In a corresponding move, Edwin Encarnacion (biceps) was activated from the DL.

Rajai Davis
LF/CF/DH FA
3 months ago

Davis is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

Davis started three straight games in center field last weekend after Tyler Naquin (hip) was placed on the 10-day disabled list, but the 37-year-old's time as a lineup regular proved to be short lived. With the Indians acquiring Leonys Martin from the Tigers prior to the non-waiver trade deadline Tuesday, Davis has since faded back to a reserve role. He'll be on the bench Sunday for the fifth time in the Indians' last six games.

Rajai Davis
LF/CF/DH FA
4 months ago

Davis will start in center field and bat ninth Sunday against the Tigers, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Tyler Naquin landing on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with right hip discomfort that was later reclassified as a stress reaction, Davis tentatively looks to be in store for an everyday role in center field. He'll draw his third straight start Sunday, but a clearer picture on Davis' outlook might not come until after Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline passes. With Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) also facing an uncertain return date, the Tribe could be in the market for an impact outfielder, which may result in Davis falling back into a reserve gig.

Rajai Davis
LF/CF/DH FA
5 months ago

Davis is not in the lineup Monday against the Cardinals, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Davis has started six of Cleveland's last seven games, going 6-for-19 over that stretch. Tyler Naquin will get the start in center field Monday.

Rajai Davis
LF/CF/DH FA
6 months ago

Davis is starting in center field and leading off Wednesday against the Tigers, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

He has now led off in back-to-back games, with both starts coming against southpaws. Davis will draw the occassional start against a righty, but his primary role while the Indians are without three injured outfielders is to play table setter against left-handed pitchers. He has a career 107 wRC+ against lefties and already has eight steals (on 11 attempts) this year despite the fact he is hitting just .232/.280/.275 in 77 plate appearances. His eight steals are by far the most from any plater with less than 100 plate appearances -- Jarrod Dyson (95 PA), Craig Gentry (69 PA) and Jace Peterson (71 PA) each have five steals.

Rajai Davis
LF/CF/DH FA
7 months ago

Davis required four stitches to seal an open wound above his left eye, which he sustained while stealing second base in Friday's 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays, Ben Weinrib of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Davis wasn't forced to exit the contest as a result of the injury and passed all concussion tests afterward. He likely would have been ready to play if needed Saturday and Sunday, but poor weather in Cleveland resulted in the postponements of both games. If he's not included in the lineup when the Tribe resumes play Tuesday against the Twins in Puerto Rico, Davis should be available off the bench as a pinch hitter or late-inning defensive replacement.

Rajai Davis
LF/CF/DH FA
8 months ago

Davis was informed Thursday that he will make the Indians' Opening Day roster, T.J. Zuppe of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

EDGE Analysis

Davis will serve as a reserve outfielder for the Indians after beating out Melvin Upton, Greg Allen and Tyler Naquin for that role. The 37-year-old is no longer a plus on defense and he hit just .235/.293/.348 across 117 games with the A's and Red Sox last season, but his speed keeps him around as a worthwhile asset -- he stole 29 bases on 36 attempts in just 366 plate appearances in 2017.

Rajai Davis
LF/CF/DH FA
9 months ago

Davis has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Indians that includes an invitation to spring training, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Davis, who is probably best known for the home run he hit off Aroldis Chapman as a member of the Indians in the 2016 World Series, is entering his age-37 season and his career seems to be winding down. He spent most of last year with the A's before finishing the season with a 17-game run with the Red Sox. He was exactly a replacement-level player over that span (0.0 fWAR), as he is no longer a defensive asset and hit just .235/.293/.348. His top skill remains his ability to steal bases -- he stole 29 bags on 36 attempts in just 366 plate appearances last season. That speed makes him useful in fantasy leagues as long as he's seeing semi-regular playing time. However, he will face an uphill battle in that regard this season. Tyler Naquin, Mevlin Upton and Greg Allen will also be competing for a bench outfielder role during spring training.