This is not exactly something you want to hear from one of your players just as a pennant race is really starting to get heated up, but Eric Chavez admitted to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports that playing, even at the age of 34, is “a huge hurdle to climb physically,” because of past injuries.
“Once I get to the park, I’m constantly going until the end of the game,” Chavez told Rosenthal. “If I sit down for 15 to 20 minutes, it takes me that much longer (to get loose again).
“It’s non-stop. You’ll never see me in the dugout for more than one inning. I’ve got to keep moving. I’ll go to the cage, keep the blood going as much as I can.”
Chavez has fell into a semi-regular roll with the Yankees this season playing DH when the Yankees face righties and occasionally spelling Alex Rodriguez at third base. His numbers haven’t been terrible so far, hitting just .264/.303/.429 which is good for a 94 OPS+.
He has managed to stay mostly healthy too. He did have one problem where he landed on the 7-day DL with a concussion. It was on a weird play because it looked like a typical diving play and he didn’t appear to hit his head. Still, that seemed like a freak thing. Most importantly, he has been able to play through foot, back, and any other injuries that seem to plague him.
Hopefully he can manage to keep it together and hopefully even raise his offensive numbers a bit, but it is concerning hearing this story. Hopefully the Yankees are prepared to find him a backup if need be.