PHOENIX — Facing D-backs southpaw Patrick Corbin on Friday, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke wanted to pencil into the lineup right-handed-hitting Khris Davis, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville late Thursday night.
But because of multiple travel issues, Davis was unable to make it to Chase Field in time for the start of the game, and the Brewers instead turned to Logan Schafer, who bats left-handed.
“Today would’ve been the day,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “We were hoping to have him here but some flight problems and delays happened, so we’re looking for him to get here sometime during the game.”
Davis, the Brewers’ 14th overall prospect, flew to Nashville on Thursday with his teammates but couldn’t get a flight to Arizona that night so he waited until this morning and had a layover in Atlanta, where multiple delays occurred.
Making the travel nightmare even worse was that Davis grew up in nearby Glendale, Ariz., and would’ve started in front of friends and family on Friday. Instead, he likely won’t start the rest of the series with the D-backs sending right-handers to the mound on Saturday and Sunday.
Davis eventually arrived in Phoenix but not until the game was in the third inning. He hustled straight to the ballpark and found himself pinch-hitting in the seventh inning with runners on the corners and none out. Davis couldn’t come up with a big hit though, striking out against D-backs lefty Patrick Corbin.
“I took some hacks in the cage, thought it was going to be a perfect opportunity to make a difference, but it didn’t work out that way,” Davis said.