SAN FRANCISCO – Khris Davis doesn’t exactly have a bull’s eye covering his No. 2, but it’s clear that he’s No. 1 as far as the A’s offense is concerned.
Before Friday’s Game 2 of the Bay Bridge Series, manager Bob Melvin said the one constant in the Oakland lineup would be Davis, coming off a 42-homer, 102-RBI season, batting cleanup.
Davis put it another way.
“Oakland is certainly counting on me a lot,” Davis said. “I can feel it.”
Should the A’s feel that way?
“They should,” he said.
Davis was back in the lineup Friday at AT&T Park after not having played since March 22 because of a calf problem. Melvin used him as the DH, and the plan is for Davis to be in left field Saturday when the three-game series closes out in the Coliseum.
“I’m feeling good, I think I could have played yesterday,” Davis said. “I think they have just been cautious in giving me the extra day, and I appreciate that. The important day isn’t today or tomorrow. It’s Monday.”
That would be opening day in the Coliseum against the Angels. Davis says he likes what he’s seen of the club during spring training and is optimistic that he can be part of a team that can make inroads on being competitive in 2017.
“It’s going to be a group effort, collectively,” he said. “I want to do what I can to help, and we all do. I like the attitude I see from this group.”
Also in the lineup Friday was Trevor Plouffe, who hadn’t played since March 25 because of a groin injury.
Or, as Plouffe put it, “my calf is fine. And so is the groin.”