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Eric Chavez only has bone bruise, gets walking boot removed

May 12, 2011, 9:19 PM EST

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Eric Chavez had an enjoyable Thursday.

According to Kieran Daryc of ESPN New York, the veteran third baseman had the protective walking boot removed from his left foot and was also told by doctors that he never actually suffered a fracture — only a deep bone bruise.

The Yankees’ team physicians are expecting Chavez to be ready for full baseball activities in about three weeks. He will stick to working out in the weight room and a training pool until then.

“When I went and saw the doctor, it was about as good a diagnosis as I could get,” Chavez told reporters Thursday afternoon. “Just basically dealing with a deep bone bruise and the doc feels pretty good that in two or three weeks it’s gonna feel good. Hopefully it’s just a hiccup and I can come back and pick up where I left off.”

Chavez had a healthy .303/.410/.424 batting line with three extra-base hits and six RBI over his first 39 plate appearances in pinstripes. He was also doing a fine job defensively at third base when called upon.

  1. banksatdixie - May 13, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    Good news for one of baseball’s truly good guys.

  2. pisano - May 13, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    That’s great for the Yankees, now they can get rid of Posada and use Chavez as the left handed DH. Between Posada, Jeter, and Swisher the Yankees are getting little to no offense. It’s now time for changes if they let this keep going they will fall out of the race.

  3. trevorb06 - May 13, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    I really hope Chavez impresses enough (and stays healthy enough) to get a starting gig next year somewhere.

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