The loss of Alex Rodriguez to a knee injury has understandably hurt the Yankees both offensively and defensively, as Eduardo Nunez is not exactly on A-Rod’s level in either of those departments (that’s a nice way of putting it). Eric Chavez’s return from a foot fracture has been long delayed by several setbacks, including a relatively recent abdominal injury, and this delay has given many Yankee fans reason to write him off from returning healthy anytime soon. Recent news indicates that Chavez, who has posted a solid .303/.410/.424 line in part-time duty, may be back fairly soon.
Chad Jennings, who recently spoke with Joe Girardi, reported that Chavez was taking BP and groundballs, and would be ready to return to game action soon. Mark Carig of the Star-Ledger had even better news, reporting that Chavez would begin DH’ing in a rehab game “as soon as Tuesday.” Obviously the Yankees will take their time with the fragile Chavez, but if he is able to begin playing in rehab games this week, he could be back in the bigs within a week or two if there are no setbacks (a big if). The loss of Chavez to injury greatly hurt the Yankees bench, and with the loss of Alex Rodriguez, he was missed even more strongly. If he can get back healthy and approach his early-season form, it could be a big pickup for the Yankees as they try to stay the course without A-Rod. This will send Eduardo Nunez back to the bench, where he belongs.
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