Josh Hamilton will return for the Angels series and Chris Davis was sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for Hamilton on the roster.
This gives Davis a chance to revamp his swing in the minors and regain some confidence. I think it’s the right move. The club didn’t have much choice at this point. The defense Davis played at first was excellent and it kept them more patient than normal, but you can’t have your first baseman hitting .200. So Davis and Justin Smoak will split time at OKC (I would think one will DH when the other is at first) and Hank Blalock becomes the primary first baseman.
“This gives Chris a chance to get himself right in an enviroment where he can work on things without the same daily pressures,” GM Jon Daniels said.
“It was only a matter of time,” he said. “Obviously, I wasn’t making adjustments. You can’t expect them to keep sticking me out there every day, not really being any kind of a threat at the plate. I’m not down about it. You don’t ever want to be sent down, but at the same time it’s kind of a relief to know I can just go get my head straight and kind of take out all the outside influences away and just go get back to baseball. Give myself a chance to get back to where I need to be.”
What do you think of the move? How will Blalock do as the everyday first baseman?