For the second-consecutive season, Wade Davis will hit the disabled list in the second half of the season. Last year, a shoulder strain got the best of Davis in August, and this year, it is a forearm strain.
I’m not going to talk about this all haphazardly, because nobody knows what role this injury has played in Davis’ performances—if any—but it would seem that Davis needs more than just rest. Tommy and I have written enough about him over the last few months to publish a book on his season. The biggest issues can be summed up by what a scout told John Perrotto in an article yesterday:
Rays right-hander Wade Davis: “His stuff has taken a step back this year. He’s not throwing as hard, and he doesn’t have a real feel for the changeup. He’s having trouble putting hitters away because he doesn’t have an out pitch to rely on.”
That’s 2011 in a nutshell. Hopefully the rest helps Davis in some way, any way, but it probably will not be a silver bullet that saves the day.
The corresponding move is Brandon Gomes returning to the majors. Don’t fret too much about Alex Cobb not being the guy here, as the Rays won’t have a need for another starter until mid-July and there is no reason to pull Cobb off his regular schedule until it’s necessary.