Chris Davis returns to Orioles starting lineup

Buck Showalter

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is back in the starting lineup to today’s afternoon series finale against the Angels.

Davis, who left Friday’s game after his right knee buckled running through the first base bag in the fifth inning, sat out of Saturday’s game after an MRI was performed and revealed patellar tendonosis in the knee.

Both Davis and Orioles manager Buck Showalter were eyeing Tuesday as a possible return date to take advantage of the extra day of rest that comes with Monday's off day.

But about 90 minutes before today’s game, Davis was running sprints in the outfield and stretching the knee under the supervision of Orioles head trainer Richie Bancells.

It was apparently encouraging enough to put Davis back in the starting lineup. Shortly after Davis returned, the lineup was posted with Davis starting at first and batting fifth.

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