Chavez sat out because of sore back, expects to play Monday

Eric Chavez has been red hot lately, hitting .467/.500/.999 since July 30, but that didn’t stop Yankees manager Joe Girardi from keeping him on the bench last weekend as his back has been acting up.

“He hasn’t felt good after [starting] four days in a row [in Detroit],’’ Girardi told George King of the NY Post. “The back is a little sore but he has gotten better each day. I expect him to play [tonight].”

The Yankees were mostly being cautious and keeping him off the turf in Toronto, but apparently they have tried to keep him from playing more than four games in a row. After the series in Detroit wrapped up, Chavez even made a point to tell reporters that he is no longer an everyday type player.

It is vitally important that Chavez stays healthy while Alex Rodriguez is out of the lineup. He has been the left handed hitting part of the third base platoon and has done a terrific job hitting .309/.371/.571 off righties this season. Until A-Rod comes back, they cannot afford to lose him.

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