"It was a small sample size (last season) so it’s a hard question to answer," he says. "I think it’s in all of our natures to be the best we can be at whatever we’re doing. Can I do both? Yeah. But I still don’t think either one is necessarily my calling."
In his heart, Davis still believes he can win a job in the rotation.
"I’m definitely going in to start," he says. "I hope I get the opportunity to pitch and help this team win a lot of ballgames. I’m ready, probably more so than I ever have been."
Davis, who switched his number from 22 to 17 this year to honor his late step-brother who passed away unexpectedly last August, said he intensified his training this off-season.
"Last year was just such a crazy up and down year," he says. "It made me want to work harder this off-season. I think I’ve gotten a lot stronger and hopefully that will show up."
Davis can’t exactly explain what went wrong last season, or why he struggled so much as a starter. And he isn’t going to waste time, he says, trying to figure it out.
"No, it’s over," he says. "You move on."
And moving on doesn’t mean giving up on his dream.
"Right now, I want to be the best I can be as a starter," he says. "That’s my goal."
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