Injured Davis aims to return after off-day

Injured Davis aims to return after off-day

TORONTO -- The National League's top run-producer over the past six weeks was absent from the Brewers' starting lineup Wednesday, but Khris Davis expressed optimism about only missing one game.

The Brewers are off Thursday before opening a series in Cincinnati, and Davis hopes to be back in left field Friday night. He exited Tuesday's loss in Toronto during the seventh inning after sliding head-first into second base and tweaking a muscle near his left shoulder.

NL RBI leaders between 5/19 and 7/1
Rank Name Team RBIs
1 Khris Davis Brewers 32
2T Ryan Braun Brewers 29
2T Ryan Howard Phillies 29
2T Andrew McCutchen Pirates 29
5T Todd Frazier Reds 26
5T Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 26
5T Justin Morneau Rockies 26
5T Justin Upton Braves 26

"It was a tight, grabbing sensation. It's definitely more in my pec than my shoulder," Davis said before a Wednesday morning workout. "I think it was a little strain, but I don't think it popped or tore. So it's a mild strain."

Davis iced the area Tuesday night and was feeling "better than yesterday, that's for sure," when he reported back to Rogers Centre.

"As long as I'm not feeling worse," Davis said. "I woke up, got stretched out and massaged, and, whew, I feel comfortable."

Since May 19, when Davis snapped an 0-for-9 stretch with a two-run home run in Atlanta, he leads the Brewers with 10 home runs and leads the NL with 32 RBIs over a stretch that spanned 39 games played. Davis boosted his batting average from .215 to .260 over that span.

"There wasn't much [debate about holding Davis out a day]," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Last night, we talked about if he came in and there was no soreness that we'd get him back in there. But he was a little bit sore."

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