Rajai Davis on G3 of ALDS: 'I am going to play tomorrow ... I hope.'
DETROIT — The Rajai Davis saga will extend into Sunday’s Game 3 of the American League Division Series, with the center fielder, whose speed has been greatly hampered by a week-old pelvic injury, believing he’ll play.
“I am going to play,” he said emphatically at Saturday’s workout at Comerica Park. “I hope.”
If there was a game on Saturday, he’s not so sure, though.
“I’m glad there’s not, so I don’t even have to make that decision,” he admitted.
The injury has clearly robbed Davis of his one defining tool, his speed. He wouldn’t hazard a guess at the percentage.
“Not sure right now. I just know it’s been getting better every day. At the beginning of the game I’ve noticed more than in the middle of the game. At the beginning of the game, every game, I’ve been faster,” he said. “It’s getting better, actually. Every day, it’s getting better.
“It’s just not what we’re used to seeing.”
He was hobbling so badly in Friday’s Game 2, that manager Brad Ausmus removed him from the game after his second at-bat.
“It’s not tough at all. It’s humbling. I’m like some of the other guys that walk around here — just not as fast,” said Davis, who cackled when a reporter responded with “Welcome to our world.”