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Eric Chavez was having an outstanding season for the Arizona Diamondbacks before an oblique injury forced him to the DL at the end of May, but MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports that it should not be too much longer before we see Chavez back on a major league field. The 35-year-old has been hitting, throwing and running and seems to be ahead of schedule for a return, with the strong possibility of a rehab stint next week. He also doesn't think it'll take him too long to get his timing at the plate back.
"I told [manager Kirk Gibson] as far as timing is concerned, I don't need much," Chavez said. "For me, it will be more how does a check swing feel, how does a swing and miss feel, how does a 2-0 swing feel, all that stuff more than my timing. It doesn't take me long. I've only been out three weeks or whatever, so it's not going to take long."
Chavez went on the DL at the end of May after straining his right oblique during an at-bat. His return will further complicate the crowded Diamondbacks infield, as Aaron Hill is already close to a return and Martin Prado has been getting all the starts at third with Chavez out, with Cliff Pennington, Didi Gregorius and Willie Bloomquist also vying for playing time. Prado can move over to left field when Chavez plays third, but Arizona also has a surplus in the outfield, with Gerardo Parra, A.J. Pollock, Jason Kubel and Cody Ross all competing for time, and injured rookie Adam Eaton (elbow) also hoping to return to the lineup in the near future.
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