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Chris Davis injury: Orioles 1st baseman hurts right knee

Davis is expected to undergo an MRI on his right knee on Saturday.

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis had to exit Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels after suffering a right knee injury.

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Davis injured himself after hitting a groundball to third base in the top of the fifth inning. The first baseman pulled up lame running out the grounder, as his right leg appeared to give when he touched first base. Davis limped into the dugout, and could not put any weight on his injured leg.

He will undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the extent of the damage. Any long-term loss of Davis would be a huge blow to the Orioles, as he has been a major catalyst for the Baltimore offense this season. Davis swung the bat extremely well during the first month of the season, and entered Friday hitting .377/.438/.704. His impressive offensive numbers earned Davis AL Player of the Month honors for April, as he became the first Oriole to win the award since Melvin Mora in August, 2008.

Ryan Flaherty replaced Davis in the lineup, and would be a candidate to receive more playing time if Davis is forced on the disabled list. Flaherty has struggled offensively to start the season, as he is currently hitting .109/.186/.203 in his first 71 plate appearances.


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