A’s holding Khris Davis out of action with calf issue

Davis has been dealing with calf strain throughout spring

MESA, ARIZ. – FEB. 16: The Oakland Athletic’s Khris Davis takes batting practice at Fitch Park in Mesa, Ariz., on the first day of spring training for position players, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

MESA, Ariz. — Khris Davis has not played in any of the A’s first three Cactus League games due to a left calf strain.

The slugger has been dealing with the injury since the start of camp. It’s only considered to be a mild strain but the A’s will be extra cautious.

“We’re not in any hurry to get him in there right now,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We want to make sure he’s a hundred percent before we get him in the lineup.”

Melvin anticipates it will be at least a few days before Davis plays in his first spring game.

The unusually cold weather in Arizona could also be a reason for Davis’ injury nagging him longer than expected. Temperatures have not gone past the low 50’s over the past week with steady rainfall mixed in.

Davis has been held out of baseball activities the past two days after participating in batting practice earlier in the week.

“It’s been off and on since camp started. We felt like he was making some strides and it just bothered him a little bit,” Melvin said. “The cold could have something to do with it.”

“He has been doing baseball stuff but not the last couple of days.”

Chad Pinder was in Davis’ usual designated hitter spot for Saturday’s game against the White Sox at Hohokam Stadium.

Davis, 31, leads all of baseball with 133 home runs over the last three season. His career-high 48 homers last season earned him a $16.5 million dollar for this upcoming season, the highest given to an A’s player over one season in team history.

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