Injury not slowing down A's Davis

Injury not slowing down A's Davis

OAKLAND -- Far more often than not, injuries do a lot more harm than good. For Rajai Davis, that hasn't been the case.

Davis, who has a small fracture at the tip of his right thumb, is batting .324 (12-for-37) with a home run, seven RBIs and six runs scored in nine games since learning of the injury on Aug. 24.

The reason? Davis' ailing thumb has forced him to shorten up his swing.

"I don't put any pressure on [my thumb]. It's just my four fingers," said Davis, whose A's open a four-game set against Seattle on Thursday. "It's been a really good thing for me, because it's changed the way I hold the bat. It feels like the ball is coming at me slower than it actually is now."

"If it's shown him the importance of shortening his swing," manager Bob Geren said, "then it's a blessing in disguise. He just needs to remember to keep doing that when it gets better."

Davis said he feels like he's already better.

"It's not going to affect me," he said. "I can catch up to even higher velocities now. It's allowing my confidence to soar even more."

That's a bad sign for American League pitchers, seeing as Davis is already batting .329 with 13 doubles and 28 RBIs in 42 games since the All-Star Break.

Pitching matchup
OAK: RHP Brett Tomko (3-2, 3.62 ERA)
In his first start with the A's, Tomko beat the team that had recently released him, the American League East-leading Yankees. His next time out, he beat the AL Central-leading Tigers. In his most recent outing, he held the AL West-leading Angels to four hits and a walk while striking out five over 5 2/3 innings and left the game with a 6-1 lead, but the Halos stormed back to win and stick Tomko with a no-decision. He hasn't faced Seattle this season.

SEA: RHP Ian Snell (5-9, 5.29 ERA)
Snell gave up three hits and two runs against the Royals in his last outing, but he left after five innings because of swelling in his right forearm after taking a line drive off the arm in the fifth. He finished the frame, but his day was done after just 68 pitches. X-rays were negative, and Snell should be ready to go for his next start. Despite the early exit, Snell still found his way to the win column for his third consecutive start, and he has now allowed just four earned runs in his past three outings. His only appearance against the A's this season was during the Mariners' last homestand, when he held Oakland to one run on four hits over six innings.

Tidbits
Scott Hairston (strained left quad) was out of the lineup Wednesday. "He's day-to-day," Geren said. "He said he could play [Thursday], but should play Friday for sure." ... Geren said Bobby Crosby, activated from the DL on Wednesday, should spell Adam Kennedy at third base either Friday or Saturday. ... Tommy Everidge hit two home runs for Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, giving him 12 on the season. ... Sacramento's Chris Carter leads all Minor League players in hits (174) and total bases (301). He ranks second in RBIs with 113.

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Up next
• Friday: Athletics (Vin Mazzaro, 4-9, 5.32) vs. Mariners (Ryan Rowland-Smith, 2-2, 3.95), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Saturday: Athletics (Brett Anderson, 7-10, 4.42) vs. Mariners (Luke French, 4-4, 4.62), 6:05 p.m. PT
• Sunday: Athletics (Gio Gonzalez, 4-5, 6.07) vs. Mariners (Doug Fister, 2-1, 2.94), 1:05 p.m. PT

Adam Loberstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.