The Arizona Diamondbacks were dealt a big blow on Sunday when third baseman Eric Chavez was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to stiff right hip and sore left knee.
While manager Kirk Gibson would have liked to keep Chavez in the lineup as long as possible, he knows the DL move was the team's wisest choice.
"He's a little older, as you know, and I try to play him as much as I
can while being smart about it. But
he's got multiple things going on and you can't play short, it's going
to be a little while."
As reported by Tyler Emerick of MLB.com, Chavez had already been dealing with the knee discomfort when the hip
flared up Friday. Gibson took Chavez out of the game as a
defensive replacement without knowing about the injury. It wasn't until after the game that the team trainer informed Gibson about the injury.
Chavez has been plagued with injury problems all season. He missed most of June with an oblique strain. Matt Davidson was called from Triple-A Reno to take the place of Chavez on the active roster.
Chavez has been limited to 62 games in his first season with the Diamondbacks. He is batting .299 with 9 home runs and 40 runs batted in. Last season with the Yankees, he batted .281 with 16 home runs, 37 rbi's, and 36 runs scored in 113 games. For his career, Chavez is a .269 hitter with 257 home runs and 890 rbi's.