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Broken metatarsal for snakebitten Chavez

Posted on: May 5, 2011 3:47 pm
By Matt Snyder

Eric Chavez just can't stay healthy. That's a statement that could have been written at seemingly any point in time since 2006, and we're writing it again today. That's because -- on what was supposed to be a day off for Alex Rodriguez -- Chavez fell injured again Thursday afternoon.

In the fourth inning, Chavez hit a ball to center field that was tough for Don Kelly of the Tigers to reach. Too tough, in fact, as Kelly made what turned out to be an ill-advised dive in an attempt to make the catch. He failed and the ball went by him, allowing the less-than-speedy Chavez to leg out a triple. The run all the way to third proved too much for Chavez's foot, however, as he was immediately forced to depart the game.

Late in the game, the Yankees told reporter and the TV broadcast that Chavez had a small fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot. There's no timetable on a recovery just yet or word on whether or not he's headed to the disabled list (which is a pretty good bet).

Chavez was having a really good start for the Yankees as a backup third baseman and spare bat off the bench. He's hitting .303 with a .410 on-base percentage, six RBI and five runs in just 39 plate appearances. He was once one of the better third basemen in baseball, but hasn't played more than 90 games in a season since 2006 and hasn't avoided injury since 2005. From 2007 through 2010, he only played 154 games total, including less than 40 in each of 2008-2010. And he's still only 33.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:31 pm

Broken metatarsal for snakebitten Chavez

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:24 pm

Broken metatarsal for snakebitten Chavez

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Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:33 pm

Broken metatarsal for snakebitten Chavez

It's a  shame that this has happened, as Chavez is working hard to resume playing the game he loves.... however one must note that this 'brittleness' that seems to plague him - and has plagued many other athletes of his era, the tainted era - lends credence to the theories that perhaps the supplements and other allegedly performance-enhancing substances many players of his era used are the culprit here?  Trying to be PC and of course not make baseless assertions here ... but how else to explain the brittlenes..... the message to young players today (and Chavez is still only 33, as the article points out) is  "keep it natural, kids!!"

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 5:13 pm

Broken metatarsal for snakebitten Chavez

This team is in serious trouble,and it seems like,even as a fan,a lot of other "fans" think that you simply just root for the team through thick and thin,you don't criticize or question much,and you just go along for the ride.Chavez was one of the few people on the team doing anything,and he should have been playing more.The writing is on the wall with this team,and all the king's money might not fix it,at least this year.

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