Athletics slugger Khris Davis returns from injured list

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FILE – In this April 11, 2019, file photo, Oakland Athletics’ Khris Davis watches his two-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Baltimore. The Athletics are hoping to get injured slugger Davis back in the lineup for the middle game of a series against the first-place Houston Astros. Davis took batting practice before the series opener and could be activated from the injured list as early as Saturday, June 1. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Athletics slugger Khris Davis is back from a stint on the injured list because of a bruised left hip and oblique muscle.

The designated hitter, who led the majors with 48 home runs in 2018, was set to start batting cleanup Saturday night for Oakland in the middle game of a weekend series against the Houston Astros. He went on the injured list May 24, retroactive to May 22, after getting hurt May 5 at Pittsburgh.

Davis tried to play through it for seven games before going on the IL. He is hitting .248 with 12 homers and 29 RBI in 43 games.

The A’s optioned outfielder Skye Bolt to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear roster room for Davis’ return.

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