The Baltimore Orioles are having a rough year. Zach Britton is out, Manny Machado is hitting more like Manny Mendoza at .215, and now Chris Davis is headed to the DL. The Baltimore slugger, who led the majors with 53 home runs in 2013, has been hitting .226 with 14 long balls and 26 RBIs on the year, far from his best numbers, but his absence will hurt tremendously.
Initial estimates are that he’ll be out for three weeks, which means he wouldn’t rejoin the team until after the all-star break.
The introduction of the 10-day DL this season has caused a tremendous spike in DL designations. From 1998-2015, the number of DL designations averaged 464 per season. Not even midway through the 2017, there have been 350 players placed on the DL. Whether this is simply an increase in caution from teams or more common severity of injury is to be seen to, but there’s little doubt that more and more players are spending time on the disabled list.
This means that teams are getting deeper into their depth charts to field full teams, and that fans are becoming more fully acquainted with all their team has to offer. The Orioles are currently at fourth in the AL East, and playing below .500.