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Eric Chavez leaves game with whiplash, possible concussion

May 3, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

Eric Chavez, Joe Girardi

Eric Chavez has a pretty rich injury history, but this one is a lot different than a bum shoulder or knee or something.  He left last night’s Yankees-Orioles game in the middle of an at bat due to what is being called whiplash and concussion symptoms.

He likely sustained the injury in the top of the fifth while diving for J.J. Hardy’s double.  But he stayed in the game and attempted to bat in the bottom of the inning. Then:

After taking a called strike two, Chavez attempted to set himself in the batter’s box but called time and appeared to steady himself by grabbing his left thigh. He tried to steady himself again then stepped out. Chavez needed to be helped off the field and paused before being helped down the dugout steps.

He was taken to the hospital for head and spine scans and had not returned before the team left the ballpark and the reporters went home.

One has to assume he’ll be put on the disabled list, even if it’s only on the seven-day concussion list.  At least one hopes that’s all this is.

  1. atworkident - May 3, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    So he had a legit reason.

    What excuse did the other Yankees use for getting shutout by the lowly Orioles?

    • bmorelikeme - May 3, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      Maybe just maybe the O’s aren’t so lowly anymore (hopefully)

    • paintan8 - May 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      Try checking the standing or educating yourself.

    • rockthered1286 - May 3, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      Same excuse the Blue Jays (twice), Twins, A’s and White Sox all had: the O’s are no longer bottom feeders.

  2. mybrunoblog - May 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    I knew Chavez was a good player but watching him play for the Yankees over the past year has really opened my eyes. This guy can really play. Too bad injuries derailed his career. Hope he returns. Yankees need him.

    • proudlycanadian - May 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      Agreed. He has been a great pick up by the Yankees. I hope he gets well soon.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 3, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Too bad Bill Hall didn’t stick around with the Yankees organization. I understand his concern. The Yankees AAA squad is homeless this year due to stadium renovations, so he and his family would have been living on a bus. Couldn’t he have just gone to AA in Trenton instead? He’d be a great addition right about now.

    Did he sign somewhere else?

    • Kevin S. - May 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      With the Orioles, if I’m not mistaken.

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