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Eric Chavez is off the DL and in the Yankees’ starting lineup

Jul 26, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez isn’t due back from knee surgery until mid-August, but instead of relying on Eduardo Nunez and Brandon Laird as fill-ins the Yankees have another option at third base: Eric Chavez.

The oft-injured veteran has been on the disabled list since May with a fractured foot, but went 7-for-21 (.333) with a homer and two doubles during a brief minor-league rehab assignment and is in the Yankees’ starting lineup tonight.

Counting on Chavez to play every day is obviously crazy at this point, but using him at third base versus most right-handed pitchers while Nunez steps into the lineup against most left-handed pitchers makes some sense. Chavez hit .310 with an .834 OPS in 17 games prior to the fractured foot and was a six-time Gold Glove winner at third base before all the injuries derailed his career. Maybe he can stay healthy until Rodriguez returns in a few weeks, at least.

  1. kinggeorge96 - Jul 26, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Hold him together with duct tape if you have to!!!

  2. riverace19 - Jul 26, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Yankees have always been more for pedigree than performance… Nunez is doing very well at 3B.
    Now he will just have to wait until Chavez breaks again.
    Probably by the weekend.

    • kinggeorge96 - Jul 26, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      He’s been hitting very well while playing at 3B…

      Fielding… mmmmm, not so much…..

    • genericcommenter - Jul 26, 2011 at 4:40 PM

      As the comment below states, he’s been hitting well lately. In the field? You almost expect an error and/or a bad throw every time the ball is hit his way.

      • ditto65 - Jul 26, 2011 at 4:44 PM

        Opposing teams scouting reports with Nunez in the lineup: Hit it at Nunez.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 26, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Not a bad 4th option if you ask me…

  4. foreverchipper10 - Jul 26, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Now I definitely did not see him rehab in Scranton…..hmm….was it at AA?

  5. spudchukar - Jul 26, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    The Yanks are drawing to an inside straight, if they expect Chavez, Colon, and Garcia to be healthy for the rest of 2011.

  6. yournuts - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Welcome back Eric! Good to see you back. It’s great having your bat in the lineup and your gold glove at 3rd base.

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