MLB notebook: O's slugger Davis expects to avoid DL trip

| Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:51 p.m.

A night of rest and a round of treatment left Orioles slugger Chris Davis confident he would avoid a trip to the disabled list with a strained left oblique.

Davis left Friday night's game against Kansas City after four innings. He received an MRI on Saturday, the results of which were not immediately available.

After spending time in the training room, however, Davis said, “I feel better today. Still a little sore; I think a lot of it has to do with the poking and prodding.”

Asked if he expected to stay off the 15-day DL, Davis replied, “Oh, yeah. As sore as I was (Friday), I don't think it was a DL thing.”

Davis led the majors last season with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs.

It is uncertain when the injury occurred, although Davis suspected the muscles in his left side might have been weakened when he dived for groundballs in Boston and Toronto before the Orioles returned home to face the Royals.

On Friday night, Davis winced after hitting a fly ball in the third inning. He played another inning before manager Buck Showalter removed the slugger from the game.

Although Davis protested initially, he said Saturday, “Try and get ahead of it now so it doesn't turn into a DL thing. The biggest thing to remember is we've got a lot of games to play. Missing one or two games now is better than missing 10 or 15 down the road.”

Davis was not in the lineup Saturday night and will probably miss Sunday's game, too. The Orioles are off Monday, so it's possible he could return as soon as Tuesday.

“I still think it's too early to tell. We'll take it one day at a time,” he said. “See how it goes.”

Showalter said, “I was encouraged he did not feel any worse today. In fact, I think he felt a tad better.”

Reds place C Mesoraco on DL

The Reds placed catcher Devin Mesoraco on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Mesoraco hurt his hamstring while scoring from second in Friday night's game.

Third baseman Todd Frazier was held out of Saturday's lineup after leaving Friday night's game with tightness in his left leg. Manager Bryan Price says Frazier probably could have started if needed.

Closer Aroldis Chapman, recovering from fractures of his nose and a bone above his left eye, threw 43 pitches in batting practice. He will throw another simulated game before his minor league rehab.

White Sox make moves

The White Sox placed third baseman Conor Gillaspie on the 15-day disabled list due to a left hand contusion and added right-handed pitcher Hector Noesi to the roster.

Gillaspie is batting .302 with 12 RBIs in 16 games.

The White Sox claimed Noesi off waivers from the Rangers. He is 0-1 with a 14.21 ERA in 6 1-3 innings this season with the Rangers and Seattle Mariners.

Cubs' RHP Veras goes on DL

The Cubs placed struggling reliever Jose Veras on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

Right-handed reliever Brian Schlitter was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to take Veras' spot in an inconsistent bullpen.

Veras had a 15.88 ERA over six games, blowing both his save opportunities. Chicago signed the righty in the offseason to a one-year deal after he had 21 saves in 2013 between Houston and Detroit.

Pedro Strop is Chicago's closer. Veras had only pitched twice since blowing a save April 11, last taking the mound Thursday and giving up two runs in the eighth inning of a 5-2 loss to Arizona.

Veras said he started feeling the strain a couple of days ago.

“It's the best thing to for him to get him back on track,” manager Rick Renteria said.

Yankees add RHP Leroux

The Yankees promoted right-hander Chris Leroux from Triple-A and optioned Shane Greene to the minors.

The 30-year-old Leroux has pitched 63 games for the Pirates and the Marlins in the past five seasons. He was 0-2 for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this year before the Yankees signed him to a major league contract and selected him from the minor league roster.

Greene made his big league debut Thursday at Boston. He allowed three unearned runs while getting one out and walking three.

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