BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Orioles announced Friday infielder Chris Davis will begin the season on the 60-Day Injured List due to a lower back strain.
The Davis story the last few years is one of a decline. He’s the highest-paid player in Orioles history but has struggled along the way since signing his 7-year, $161 million deal.READ MORE: Trevor Noah To Host 'The 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards' On CBS
This year, Davis is vowing to change the story into something positive.
Davis said he’s made significant changes to his batting approach in Spring Training.
His decline over the last four seasons has taken a toll on both physical and mental.READ MORE: 'Video Music Box' Founder, Hip Hop Influencer Ralph McDaniels Shares His Journey In New Showtime Documentary: 'This Music Is Really Powerful'
Davis said it’s taken years for him to realize he should be having fun playing baseball.
The enjoyment faded as his strikeouts and failures piled up, however.
“I felt like I was letting our fans down,” Davis said. “That was a big deal to me and it took a lot out of me. But I think, honestly, the pandemic has really helped me realize how much our fanbase has supported me and how much I missed playing in front of our fans and really what it’s all about.”MORE NEWS: Ronnie Stanley Discusses His Recovery From Ankle Surgery, Supporting His Ravens Teammates And More
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said he’ll give Davis all the opportunities he can to prove himself in Spring Training games. He still has two seasons remaining on his contract.