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Eric Chavez on the DL with neck spasms; career at risk?

May 22, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

Eric Chavez headshot.jpgIt was only a matter of when. The oft-injured Eric Chavez was placed on
the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with neck spasms, according
to a team press release
.

According to Susan Slusser of the
San Francisco Chronicle, Chavez said an MRI revealed a bulging disc in
his neck
. The injury apparently stems from a collision with a
teammate during a drill in spring training. He has tried to play through
the pain with the help of traction treatment, but as his .234/.276/.333
batting line indicates, he’s done more harm than good at the plate.

With
Coco Crisp finally off the disabled list, Jack Cust figured to take
over as the regular designated hitter, anyway. Cust is batting .333
(7-for-21) with two RBI since being called up from the minors last
Saturday.

Chavez, 32, has talked about retirement many
times
before and even
acknowledged to Slusser on Saturday
that this
could be it.

“I hadn’t thought about it, other than
my goal for the year was not to
be back on the DL. … But it could be. I don’t know.”

Chavez
is currently in the final year of a six-year, $66 million contract. The
Athletics will have to cut him a $3 million check to buy out his $12.5
million option for next season. Not a bad going away present.
 

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - May 22, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Along with trading Andre Ethier, Chavez’ contract will not go on Brainy Billy Beane’s list of greatest accomplishments. I wonder how the lapdog media will explain away this one.
    Good luck to Chavez in whatever field he pursues.

  2. ckash - May 22, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Chavez was at the top of his game and had shown good durability when he was signed to that contract. Injuries happen. The Chavez contract doesn’t diminish the job Beane has done.
    You do have a point with Ethier though…

  3. scatterbrian - May 22, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Are you joking? When he signed the extension, Chavez was a 26 year-old who had 300+ extra-base hits and three gold gloves. His shoulder and back failing him had nothing to do with Billy Beane or his brain.

  4. lanny - May 23, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Does Nick Johnson ring a bell ?… I’m just sayin .

  5. Curious George - May 23, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Does Nick Johnson ring a bell ?… I’m just sayin .

    Yeah, but what are you saying? Chavez had not been injury prone when he signed his big contract, so it’s not as if Beane was knowingly signing a fragile player.

    You’re allowed to think before you type. There are no rules against this.

  6. lanny - May 23, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    I didn’t say anything about his contract , I could care less about the money or the contract. I’m talking about him being on the DL so often . There are RULES about reading something that isn’t stated , and apparently you don’t follow them .

  7. JBerardi - May 23, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    There’s also rules about making sense, and you seem to be flagrantly disregarding those… what on earth does Nick Johnson have to do with this?

  8. lanny - May 23, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    You’re putting me on aren’t you ? Let me clear something up for you , does Nick Johnson and Eric Chavez being frequently on the DL ring a bell for you ? Try laying off the weed and things will be a little clearer for you.

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