Given that we saw Chase Anderson miss nearly two months with the same injury last year, it’s understandable that there’s some skepticism that Davies will indeed only miss one appearance and will still be ready to go for the season-opening series in San Diego just a few weeks from now.
The team says there’s no reason to panic — Davies even played catch yesterday without any apparent issues — but it looks like we’re in the middle of a few important days where we’ll find out if it truly is as minor as they say it is.
For his part, Davies is telling reporters he’s not too worried about it, but he plans on pushing it to see how he responds, rather than waiting around for the soreness to go away:
Zach Davies said he’s “feeling really good” despite the oblique. Will test it today in normal throwing program and then a bullpen tomorrow. “I want to know what it is.” Davies confident it’s something he’ll be able to get past quickly. “I’m not concerned. I’m pretty confident.”— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) March 8, 2018
Friday will be a big day for Brewers starter Zach Davies, who plans to cut it loose in a bullpen session to test his strained oblique. Said he prefers to aggressively test it now vs. babying it and having a setback later.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 8, 2018
Of course, there could be some risk involved in truly “cutting loose” and throwing with maximum effort, but at the same time, it might be the only way to truly see if it’s something Davies can pitch through.