Tigers' Rajai Davis expects to play in Game 3 Sunday

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Detroit — Center fielder Rajai Davis said he expects to play in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Sunday.

How well he will be able to play, or for how long — he couldn't answer those questions Saturday morning.

"It's getting better every day," he said. "Every day it's getting better. It's just not what we're used to."

Davis was not on the field during the Tigers brief workout session Saturday. He remained inside getting treatment on his sprained pubic symphysis ligament, which is in his lower abdominal area.

He started Games 1 and 2 in Baltimore, but his condition worsened throughout each game. He was pulled in the fourth inning in Game 2 on Friday.

"It's better at the beginning of the game than it is in the middle of the game," Davis said. "At the beginning of the game I am faster than I am in the middle."

He doubted he would have been able to play if the game was on Saturday.

"It's humbling," he said. "I'm like some of the other guys that walk around here — just not as fast."

Manager Brad Ausmus said Davis will be evaluated before the game, but admitted the cooler conditions are a concern.

"He was sore today and he didn't do anything except take treatment," he said. "The weather is a concern because in Game 1 as it got cooler he said it tightened up on him. So, it is definitely a concern."

Ezequiel Carrera replaced Davis in the first two games, but Ausmus said Saturday that he would consider using Don Kelly in centerfield if Davis was unable to play.