A’s slugger Khris Davis leaves game after colliding with wall

He makes great catch in the first inning, but doesn't return to leftfield for the second

Oakland Athletics’ Khris Davis (2) removes his helmet after batting against the Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning of their MLB game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, April 19, 2019. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
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PITTSBURGH — Khris Davis exited Sunday’s game against the Pirates after the top of the second inning with a left hip contusion, the result of a collision with the side wall in left field at PNC Park.

Davis was pursing a foul ball hit by Pirates leadoff man Adam Frazier in the bottom of the first inning. He made the catch, as he reached into the stands and slammed into the padded railing.

The brunt of the contact came to Davis’ ribs, on the left side of his body, although he stayed in the game.

Normally Oakland’s designated hitter, Davis has started in left field in all three games of this series, making a couple of above-average plays. It was a pleasant surprise for someone who had not played the field thus far in 2019.

Davis flew out to center in his only at-bat of the afternoon before he was replaced by Chad Pinder.

Through the first two games of this series, Davis — who had not played the field this season — had hardly looked out of place. He dove to prevent the Pirates from taking an extra base Friday. Davis has made a few impressive catches and even showed off his arm a little bit.

The catch Sunday was impressive as well.

“For two weeks leading up to this, he was out there shagging fly balls,” Melvin said before the game.

 

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