MILWAUKEE — Khris Davis was not in Tuesday’s lineup against the Brewers, and the A’s designated hitter was scheduled to see a doctor for the continuing numbness in his left hand.
Davis was hit on the funny bone by a pitch Saturday against Houston, and he’s continued to have a numbing sensation down in his fingers ever since.
Asked he was concerned, Davis said: “A little bit, just because I’ve never felt this before. I’ve never had nerve damage so it’s hard for me to know what I’m supposed to feel. I know with activity it gets worse.”
Couple that with third baseman Danny Valencia battling a stomach bug, and the A’s will likely be without their two most dangerous hitters in Tuesday’s series opener against the Brewers. Valencia never left his hotel room Monday, according to manager Bob Melvin. And though Melvin said Valencia might show up to Miller Park and possibly be available off the bench, it seems likely that neither he nor Davis is going to play.
That would leave the A’s with a three-man bench, hardly ideal playing in National League ballpark, where the pitcher has to hit and there’s always the chance for more substitutions. Yonder Alonso is starting at third with Billy Butler handling first base.
Davis said he’s day to day, and he was preparing to take some swings before the game to see if his hand fatigued.
“I started the game on Sunday and then got tired, it just kept getting worse,” Davis said. “So we’ll see if it gets worse today.”
The timing is hardly ideal, as Davis said he was looking forward to playing his former team. On Sunday, he played down this series against the Brewers. On Tuesday, with Milwaukee media present, he said he’d really like to take the field against the Brewers. He spent time catching up with some of his former teammates Tuesday afternoon.
“I hated to tell Skipper this morning that it just wasn’t feeling good,” Davis said. “I love playing here, especially these guys. There’s nobody I want to beat more.”
Rich Hill is scheduled to re-enter the rotation Saturday in Cincinnati against the Reds. The A’s list Sonny Gray as their Friday starter, Hill on Saturday and Kendall Graveman on Sunday. But Melvin said if Hill needs more time, he and Graveman could swap days.
Hill played catch Tuesday, ran and lifted weights. He and Melvin both said Wednesday’s bullpen session would be a strong indicator of whether he’s good for Saturday.
“It’s kind of funny. The groin, it’s amazing how much you need it for everything,” Hill said. “Running and stride length. I can see how it’s one of those nagging things that just doesn’t go away.”
Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) was scheduled for a two-inning simulated game Tuesday, and reliever Liam Hendriks (triceps strain) was scheduled for his second rehab appearance with Single-A Stockton.