It seems like the injuries never end in the Bronx this year, but when it comes to Eric Chavez we shouldn’t be surprised.
In a 7th inning at bat last night, Chavez took a swing and winced in extreme pain apparently coming from his ankle. He finished the at bat, but was replaced by Jayson Nix the following inning. It turns out that Chavez injured the ankle during the Red Sox series, but has been playing through it.
“Every once in a while when I plant, it just gets a little painful,” Chavez told Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “So I decided to come out after that and get some ice on it and I’ll test it tomorrow and see how it feels.”
At this point there isn’t much to do but hope that Chavez doesn’t land himself on the DL because if he does that the Yankees are screwed. Sure, they have options, but none of them can hit even remotely against righties. Casey McGehee hits .219/.271/.337 against righties this year and Nix is just as bad, hitting .205/.279/.385.
Ronnier Mustelier would probably get called up to the big leagues if Chavez did go on the DL which might actually make some people happy though.