OAKLAND – Mark Canha and Max Muncy will split time at first base with Ike Davis going on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.
Davis had an MRI on Saturday that showed a Grade 2 strain, which is a medium degree of seriousness on the 1-3 scale. His stint is retroactive to May 14, meaning Davis is eligible to be activated May 29.
“It ended up being a little bit more severe,” manager Bob Melvin said Sunday morning. “He’d probably tell you he could run about 70 percent. But it was getting past 70 percent (that was a problem), and it was several days in a row.”
Muncy draws the start at first Sunday against White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija, and Melvin said there’s a good chance both Muncy and the right-handed hitting Canha see time at first in Davis’ absence. Muncy is also the top backup option at third base if Brett Lawreie needs a day off.
Gentry was just 6-for-35 (.171) in nine games with Triple-A Nashville after getting demoted May 6 when Coco Crisp came off the DL. Gentry was struggling mightily at the plate, so he figures to serve mainly as a pinch-running option and late-game defensive replacement for now. However, Melvin did mention that Gentry gives him the flexibility to add another right-handed bat against left-handers if Crisp needs a day off.