The Orioles' Chris Davis, who just returned from a brief injury rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Bowie, was penciled in at third base on Tuesday's lineup card and says he's looking forward to playing a lot there over the final three weeks of the season.
"I played a lot of third in Texas," he said, "so it's no big deal. I played third [Monday in Bowie]. I feel pretty comfortable there. I think Mark [Reynolds] has done a great job at first base. I think they feel really comfortable with him there, so I'll be playing more third."
Davis' return to the hot corner, however, was delayed by the steady rain that fell on Yankee Stadium from morning till night Tuesday. The start of the game was delayed by more than four hours, and a light rain was still falling when the Yankees took the field at 11:08 p.m. The outcome of the game — or the fate of it — had not been determined by press time.
Davis wasn't complaining. He said he has been pleasantly surprised at how well his sore shoulder has responded during his stay on the disabled list.
"I was kind of surprised it felt as good as it did as early as it did," he said. "I went down to Florida for about a week, and after a few days of doing some exercises, it started to feel a little better. … With the season winding down, it's good to know that I can come back and play a few games before the offseason starts to hopefully try to get in a little groove."
Pitchers Jeremy Accardo and Clap Rapada and infielders Josh Bell and Pedro Florimon Jr. also joined the Orioles and were in the clubhouse waiting to see whether the rain would relent.
The non-DL roster moves did not become official until the game finally started. To make room on the 40-man roster for Accardo and Rapada, the Orioles designated veteran left-hander Mark Hendrickson and infielder Blake Davis for assignment.
Tuesday was the 16th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr.'s historic 2,131st consecutive game, a record that just about everyone agrees will never be broken.
"No. Never happen," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I'm not real sure how it happened to start with. It's amazing. I love to listen to Richie [Bancells] — our trainer — tell stories about it. I look at the way I consider Nicky [Markakis] and Adam Jones and some of the people, and I can't imagine doing that for that length of time. It's amazing. It's as impressive a stat as any in sports for me. I don't think you'll ever see that approached."
On the subject of Sept. 6 anniversaries, Tuesday was also the 14th anniversary of Eddie Murray's 500th homer.
Schilling was dealt to the Orioles on July 30, 1988, along with Brady Anderson in the trade that sent Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox.
Anderson was also in the Orioles' clubhouse Tuesday when Schilling visited.