A's slugger Khris Davis feels healthy, refreshed after All-Star break

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"You enjoy it while it lasts, but also we've got more work to do, so I'm ready to get after it."
"You enjoy it while it lasts, but also we've got more work to do, so I'm ready to get after it."

OAKLAND -- The All-Star break couldn't have come at a better time for Khris Davis.

The A's slugger has already dealt with multiple injuries this season, most recently a bruised left hand, the result of a 96 mph fastball from Angels right-hander Luis Garcia. Davis missed three games and is just 3-for-25 since returning, but he says he finally feels healthy now.

"Yeah, I feel refreshed and ready to go," Davis told NBC Sports California. "I have no complaints."

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After a hot start to the season, Davis has not looked like himself the past few months. He had to go on the injured list in May with a left hip/oblique contusion and hasn't been able to regain his power stroke since then, hitting just four home runs in the last month and a half.

"I think (the All-Star break) will be key for him," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "He went from one injury to the next and kept wanting to play. Obviously, as you watched the swings, it was affected by the injuries. So hopefully we're past that now. Typically when he's healthy, he's very productive."

That's certainly an understatement. Davis has launched more than 40 homers in each of the last three seasons, including a league-high 48 last year. This season, however, the 31-year-old is stuck on 16, putting him on pace for just 28.

"It would be really nice (if he got hot)," Melvin said. "The way (Matt) Olson and (Matt) Chapman are swinging the bat, (Ramón) Laureano, (Marcus) Semien, now all of a sudden you put our top power hitter in the mix too, it would be pretty good."

Davis believes he is poised for a strong second half of the season. In addition to getting physically healthy, he says the All-Star break gave him a chance to reset mentally.

"I went to North Tahoe with my family and just got some fresh air," Davis said. "(The All-Star break) is like a little vacation. You enjoy it while it lasts, but also we've got more work to do, so I'm ready to get after it."

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Last year, it was the second half of the season where the A's really caught fire, going 42-23 after the All-Star break en route to a 97-win season. Davis is confident this year's group can do the same thing.

"I have a lot of faith in this team," he said. "We're built to last through that 162. I think we're going to hit the ground running in the second half."

A's slugger Khris Davis feels healthy, refreshed after All-Star break originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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