Khris Davis made his Rangers debut on Saturday against the Mariners in a 9-8 return to Globe Life Field after leaving the pre-game injured list. The Rangers picked Eli White for Triple-A Round Rock to make room for Davis.
Davis was one of the Rangers’ iconic additions during the offseason – trading Elvis Andrus at Oakland for the slugger – and he’s adding another right-handed power bat to Texas’s heavy left-handed lineup.
Davis knocked out David Dahl in the eighth inning of a draw against Seattle, leading a single into shallow right field, and he nodded on an RBI double from Jonah Heim, the other player Texas has. received on return. for Andrus.
“It’s good to see him here again,” said manager Chris Woodward. “I think everyone was delighted to see KD come back. He just brings a lot of life, he brings a lot of attitude, just a great vibe when he’s around. And obviously it was a great game for him to come back. We are 1-0 with him.
Davis had been sidelined since March 24, when he suffered a grade 2 left quadriceps strain during a spring training match. He got off to a slower start in camp, but was starting to hit his stride before injuring himself. He was hitting .219 / .306 / .743 with two home runs and six RBIs at the time of the injury, but has hit .429 (6-for-14) in his last five games.
During his rehabilitation mission in Round Rock, Davis was scoreless 0 for 4 in his only appearances against the Oklahoma City Dodgers. At the alternative training site before the start of the Minor League season, he went 1 for 10 with three steps in three games.
The Rangers now have a plethora of field bats with the return of Davis, including Joey Gallo, Dahl, Willie Calhoun and Adolis García. Calhoun has been the Rangers’ most consistent hitter since leaving IL himself – hitting .333 / .403 / .478 after going 1-for-4 on Saturday.
Woodward said it was a good deal to have to build up the roster if everyone was raking in at the same time.
“I’m going to handle that and obviously communicate with these guys,” said Woodward. “But they know. They are not stupid and they see what our list looks like. If everyone is productive, they are a winning team and a championship-caliber offense. This is what we want. It will just be a dialogue with me and the players and trying to help them understand that this is a team affair and that not everyone can play every day.
White made the opening day roster for the first time in his professional career, but has reached just 0.127 in 20 games this season. Woodward has said he wants White to get more consistent attitude in Triple-A and build his confidence in order to get back into the big league.
“In spring training he made some quality swing adjustments,” said Woodward. “I think last week he probably made the most important swing adjustments that really helped him in games. Glad to see him play everyday and get really good, put that to the test and see that work every day. I think that’s what he needs. He just needs to get out and play, let it fly, let it tear itself apart, and get a little more aggressive.