Cubs’ Joe Maddon says umpires ‘neutered instant replay’

Joe Maddon wasn’t finished letting the umpires in Pittsburgh hear about Friday night’s ejection just three pitches into the game even though the Cubs came back to score five runs in the ninth inning to tally a 9-5 win over the Pirates.

Davis went on the 10-day DL Tuesday with a strained oblique, and initially the Orioles hoped to get him back in the designated timeframe. But now it looks more like he’s going to miss at least three weeks, and three weeks may be optimistic.

I think three weeks would be real ambitious, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Saturday in an interview with the Associated Press. I’d sign up for that right now.

The initial challenge for Davis isn’t actually picking up a bat, it’s to be able to simply sit comfortably or do anything normal at all.

It’s pretty uncomfortable, sitting up and laying down, trying to find a spot where you get somewhat comfortable, he said. Sitting in one position for a while, you get restless and you move.

Davis is dealing with a strain of his right oblique at the moment, but he missed significant time with a similar injury to his left oblique in 2014. That season he missed 34 games and hit just 26 home runs after hitting 53 the season before.

Many fans had adjusted expectations for the third overall pick after a contract dispute kept him out of training camp, and then he missed the first four games of the season with a hamstring injury. But Bosa made a name for himself once he did hit the field.

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