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08/18/08 8:59 PM ET
Davis OK with moving across diamond
Rookie willing to play third to protect Blalock's right shoulder
By Shawn Shroyer / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Chris Davis is taking his eventual move to third base with an open mind. How long the move lasts is of no concern to him. Although he has proven to be a legitimate Major League first baseman -- both at the plate and in the field -- he is taking a team-first approach to the club's decision to move him to third base and allow Hank Blalock to play first base in an attempt to protect Blalock's troublesome right shoulder. "First base is my best position because I've played there so much this year," Davis said. "But if I put the time in at third base, there's no reason why I can't be successful there, too." Davis played third base in the Minor Leagues last season, but he's played only parts of two games there this season on July 28 and July 30. However, he's about 20 pounds lighter on his feet this season and is also fully healthy, which is why he hasn't fussed over moving across the diamond for, perhaps, the rest of the season once Blalock is activated from the disabled list. Blalock is tentatively scheduled to return on Friday if he can complete a three-game rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco by then. While third base is arguably the most punishing infield position to play, Davis isn't worried about his own health. He just wants to help the team by creating a spot in the lineup for Blalock's bat. "It doesn't really bother me if it's not [a short-term move]," Davis said. "You have to have [Blalock's] bat in the lineup, so if this is what it takes, I'm willing to do that. "My arm has very rarely bothered me in the past, so I don't think I'll have any problems handling it no matter how long I'm over there."
Shawn Shroyer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.