What does Chris Davis' demotion mean?


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The demotion of Chris Davis to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday seemed to take many by surprise, even in the team’s front office.

Davis, a native of Longview, Texas, was batting .250 (12-for-48) with three home runs and four RBIs in 20 games. Often, Ron Washington used him as a defensive replacement at first base.

Just five days ago, Davis batted in the cleanup spot and hit home runs in two of his last three starts.

The Rangers originally announced that Taylor Teagarden would be sent down and Endy Chavez would be placed on the disabled list in order to clear the way for the return of Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz.

But a couple of hours before Monday’s game, the switch was announced. Chavez would not go on the DL. He’s not that far from being able to play. Instead Davis would be farmed out again.

Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine praised Davis after announcing the move. He said he still sees Davis being a part of the club moving forward in the 2011 season.

But it must be getting tough for Davis, who has traveled the road many times in his Rangers career.