Khris Davis called up to Athletics as MLB rosters expand in September

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Khrush returns: A's call up Khris Davis for September run originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

He's back. 

The Athletics on Wednesday called up Khris Davis from Triple-A Las Vegas, bringing back the fan-favorite slugger. Catcher Austin Allen also was recalled as MLB rosters expand from 26 to 28 players in September.

Davis, 33, spent five seasons with the A's from 2016 through 2020. He led the majors with 48 home runs in 2018, finishing eighth in AL MVP voting. Davis also finished 22nd in AL MVP voting in 2017 when he hit 43 homers. 

From 2016 through 2019, Davis averaged 39 homers as the A's designated hitter.

The A's traded Davis to the Texas Rangers, along with Dane Acker and Jonah Heim, in February for Elvis Adrus and Aramis Garcia. Davis struggled for the Rangers, batting just .157 with two homers in 22 games. He was released by the Rangers on June 13. 

Davis then signed a minor league contract with the A's on Aug. 4. Since then, Davis has done everything right, crushing the ball for the Las Vegas Aviators. In 16 games, Davis hit .333 with 10 homers and a 1.303 OPS. 

On Monday, Davis was named the Triple-A West Player of the Week after hitting six homers in seven games.

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Earlier in his career, Davis wore No. 2 for the A's. Starling Marte now has that jersey number, so Davis will wear No. 11 in his second stint in Oakland.

The A's (73-59) enter Wednesday five games back of the Houston Astros in the AL West and are one game back of the Boston Red Sox in the AL wild-card standings.