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Chavez headed for the DL, no call-up announced

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 05, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Eric Chavez will go on the disabled list tomorrow after fracturing a bone in his left foot. The Yankees aren’t sure when or how the injury happened. Chavez had tripled to right-center — Don Kelly missed a diving catch and the ball rolled to the fence — and Chavez seemed fine until he rounded second base.

“We didn’t notice it until after he got by second,” Joe Girardi said. “I don’t know if he did it when he hit the bag or if he did it after. I didn’t ask when he did it. I felt bad for him because he’s been through these injuries, and as well as he’s been playing, it’s frustrating.”

Chavez has been a key part of the Yankees bench this season, giving them a powerful left-handed pinch hitter and a legitimate backup for Alex Rodriguez. Chavez was x-rayed in Detroit and caught the first flight back to New York so he can be examined by team doctors. No word yet on how long he’ll be out, but there’s no doubt he’ll go on the disabled list. With Eduardo Nunez able to play third and Nick Swisher able to play first, the Yankees don’t necessarily have to call up a corner infielder.

Of the potential call-up candidates on the 40-man, Ramiro Pena is the most familiar option, but he’s really struggled offensively in Triple-A. Kevin Russo is another versatile option. He’s hit .275/.370/.400 in his past 10 games, but his season numbers aren’t pretty. Outfielder Chris Dickerson has also hit a little better in the past two weeks or so, and Justin Maxwell continues to hit for tremendous power while carrying a low batting average and high on-base percentage. Third baseman Brandon Laird has not hit at all this year.

The name that obviously jumps to mind is spring training superstar Jorge Vazquez, who’s built on the numbers he put up in big league camp and continues to rake in Triple-A. He’s a corner infielder like Chavez — though not nearly as good defensively — and he’s hit .302/.321/.585 with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He leads the team in home runs and RBI. He strikes out a bunch, but he has a boatload of power.

“I’m sure he’s a guy that we’re going to consider because we lost a corner guy and he is a corner guy,” Girardi said. “He’s played first, he’s played third. I know he’s swung the bat well in Triple-A. I haven’t seen the last couple of days what he’s done, but before that he’s swung the bat well so he’s definitely in consideration.”

UPDATE, 5:42 p.m.: Donnie Collins has tonight’s Triple-A lineup, and it offers absolutely no clues to a potential call-up.

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65 Responses to “Chavez headed for the DL, no call-up announced”

  1. Irreverent Discourse May 5th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Who replaces Chavez is just as relevant as Molina’s time as BUC this year. Won’t matter at all.

  2. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Unless its a chance for Montero to come up.

  3. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West May 5th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Im re-posting from the last thread-

    Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West May 5th, 2011 at 5:09 pm
    Chavez’s Injury is what is known in medical terms as a Jones Fracture or what we would call a Boxer’s fracture on the hand.

    It happens on the base of the 5th metatarsel and because there isnt a decent amount of blood flow to the bone it can take a long time to heal.

    This is a 6 week injury at least. He will be non weight bearing and probably in a boot. They most likely will use a bone stimulator to help with the healing process, but i dont see eric back before 6 weeks.

  4. Tom in N.J. May 5th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Is there a 40 man spot open for Vazquez?

  5. Wave Your Hat May 5th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    “Who replaces Chavez is just as relevant as Molina’s time as BUC this year. Won’t matter at all.”

    It will matter negatively. Chavez has allowed ARod to rest while filling in productively. There’s no one at AAA likely to fill that role, and it will hurt.

  6. joeman May 5th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    lets all hope Martin stays healthy

  7. Irreverent Discourse May 5th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    joeman – still playing that song?

  8. joeman May 5th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    # Irreverent Discourse May 5th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    joeman – still playing that song?
    —————————-
    nope I’m a changed man…..I had a coming out a week ago

  9. Wave Your Hat May 5th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    “Unless its a chance for Montero to come up.”

    Has he been working out at 3rd?

  10. joeman May 5th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    # Irreverent Discourse May 5th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    joeman – still playing that song?
    ———————————————
    I think you missed it, spilled my guts and now root for all Yankees to do well

  11. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Has he been working out at 3rd?

    No one can play third. Free Montero to play DH and C.

  12. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    If they play Nunez/Pena/Russo at third, they could play Montero at catcher to make up for the lost offense of not having Chavez.

  13. Wave Your Hat May 5th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    “No one can play third. Free Montero to play DH and C”

    But since Chavez has only DH’d once, that’s sort of irrelevant to today’s question.

  14. Wave Your Hat May 5th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    “If they play Nunez/Pena/Russo at third, they could play Montero at catcher to make up for the lost offense of not having Chavez.”

    But I doubt Montero will hit this year as well as Martin has already been hitting. Then there’s the catching defense to consider.

  15. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    But I doubt Montero will hit this year as well as Martin has already been hitting. Then there’s the catching defense to consider.

    I think Montero will hit well. What now?

  16. Wave Your Hat May 5th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    “I think Montero will hit well. What now?”

    Better than Martin’s current .939 OPS?

  17. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Better than Martin’s current .939 OPS?

    Push.

  18. Wave Your Hat May 5th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    “Push.”

    Not in his first year, that’s too much expectation. And defense.

    Anyway, the Yanks won’t bring Montero up to replace Chavez. Although with my recent track record on predictions that means they probably will.

    Anyway, have to run. What a dispiriting game today.

  19. jpb173 May 5th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    This is a 6 week injury at least. He will be non weight bearing and probably in a boot. They most likely will use a bone stimulator to help with the healing process, but i dont see eric back before 6 weeks.

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    Thanks for the info! It strikes me that if Chavez must wear a boot then there will need to be some physical thereapy for him even before he can start a minor league rehab assignment. The longer he is in a cast, then the therapy will take longer. I wonder if this could drag for 8-12 weeks before Chavez can rejoin the Yanks.

    What a shame! Chavez really seemed to be a good fit for the Yankees. What a wonderful fielder at thirdbase…better than ARod.

  20. joeman May 5th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I just don’t think there’s a spot on this team for Montero to play, jorge is going to DH a lot no matter & Martin is going to catch a lot and splitting some with FC, so would it be worth to bring him up to play twice a week maybe

  21. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    My thinking is this, this isn’t a tailor made situation to bring up Montero but they could do it. The reason being that whoever they bring up isnt as good as Chavez right? Montero should outhit whoever comes up and might be as good as Chavez or Martin. So you don’t have to deal with Cervellis lack of offense. And it eliminates the possibility of having a Nunez/Replacement/Cervelli all in the lineup at the same time. Basically its like a different way to counteract the lost offense of Chavez as well as someone who can backup catcher and play DH.

    Plus MONTERO!!!

  22. jankees27 May 5th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    They’re not going to bring up Montero so he can sit on the bench. The guy they call up will play even less than Chavez did because none of their options can hit even comparably to Chavez. Since Nunez can play third and Swisher can play first, whoever they call up will get minimal time off the pine. That’s why they are more likely to go with Pena or Russo, since Laird and Montero need to keep playing every day in order to develop. My bet is on Pena, since Nunez’s defense is questionable- now they have a surefire option for utility defense and Nunez can take on more of a pinch hitter role and be used against righties.

  23. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Martin is going to catch a lot and splitting some with FC, so would it be worth to bring him up to play twice a week maybe

    Obviously if Montero came up he won’t split with FC. I think they could get 4 starts a week out of Montero if he catches as much as FC and DHs some. And pinch hits.

  24. joeman May 5th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Better than Martin’s current .939 OPS?

    –——————————————-
    have to see him hit Major league pitching first which he has never done

  25. jpb173 May 5th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    For those who would like to see Jesus Montero replace Chavez on the roster I have a question. Where would you play Montero defensively? Russell Martin is excelling behind the plate and at bat and Jorge Posada, although not crushing the ball, is destined to remain at DH for the rest of the season. There just isn’t anyplace for Jesus.

  26. joeman May 5th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    # jpb173 May 5th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    For those who would like to see Jesus Montero replace Chavez on the roster I have a question. Where would you play Montero defensively? Russell Martin is excelling behind the plate and at bat and Jorge Posada, although not crushing the ball, is destined to remain at DH for the rest of the season. There just isn’t anyplace for Jesus.
    ———————–
    what I said

  27. joeman May 5th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    # Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Martin is going to catch a lot and splitting some with FC, so would it be worth to bring him up to play twice a week maybe

    Obviously if Montero came up he won’t split with FC. I think they could get 4 starts a week out of Montero if he catches as much as FC and DHs some. And pinch hits.
    —————————
    FC isn’t going anywhere

  28. GreenBeret7 May 5th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    To bring up Vazquez or Montero, somebody needs to be removed from the 40 man roster.

  29. Irreverent Discourse May 5th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    joeman congrats! i think? :)

  30. jpb173 May 5th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    what I said

    ————————————————————————-

    “sorry if I repeated your post…I just logged in and was surprised to see so many posts about MonteroChavez.

    I guess this is a case of great minds thinking alike.

  31. Pat M. May 5th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    They need a lefthand hitter and unless Montero has become that he’s not getting the call Jerkface…..

  32. RMS May 5th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Shame about Chavez. He played well, but he is injury prone.

  33. pat May 5th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Sweeny said Alex was asked about Nunez’s throwing erors. His opinion is Nunez’s arm is so strong that he might be playing too deep at SS. More ground to cover on balls he has to come in for or balls to get to him and doesn’t always get the proper set before the throw.

  34. joeman May 5th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    # jpb173 May 5th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    what I said

    ————————————————————————-

    “sorry if I repeated your post…I just logged in and was surprised to see so many posts about MonteroChavez.

    I guess this is a case of great minds thinking alike.
    ————————————-
    don’t say that to loud

  35. Pat M. May 5th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    National Geographic Channel is re-airing the special on the demolition of Yankee Stadium right now

  36. jpb173 May 5th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    To bring up Vazquez or Montero, somebody needs to be removed from the 40 man roster.

    ———————————————————————————–

    I don’t think that a Montero move is going to happen but if its Vazquez then Steve garrison is an obvious candidate to be removed from the 40 man roster.

    Also, depending on the seriousness of Chavez’ injury, he could be put on the 60 day DL to free up a spot on the 40 man.

  37. Captain Clutch May 5th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    There aren’t any good options in AAA. Montero should be up here but it will obviously cause issues with Posada. They will probably bring up Pena but he is an awful hitter. They will have to live with an automatic out as a fill in.

  38. Irreverent Discourse May 5th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Alfredo Aceves will be promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket before Friday’s game.

    Some guy on twitter says middle relief, apparently not a spot start.

  39. raymagnetic May 5th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Just call up Vazquez. He’ll hardly play and when he does play he’ll hit for power at least

  40. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    They need a lefthand hitter and unless Montero has become that he’s not getting the call Jerkface…..

    Well then they arent bringing up anybody then are they? Montero has no platoon split and hits righties better.

  41. 108 stitches May 5th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Martin has played 3rd base at times for the Dodgers. Cervelli has worked out at 3rd base.

  42. Purenyyankee May 5th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Bring up Pena AND Russo and send Nunez down. These throwing errors are UNACCEPTABLE.

  43. ron May 5th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Montero is not coming up.

    Cervelli has to play once a week to stay fresh,we lose offense there but it has to be done.

    They are not going to sit martin twice a week so montero can play once a week.

    They could bring up vaz & get creative & never have him play 3rd base or 1st base much or at all.

    Nunez can play ss,2b,3b,then give nunez last ab to vaz & or pull posada for an ab or two.

    Not the best coverage but another move can be made if needed.

    Pena is struggling with his bat now & has like 5 errors in 22 AAA innings at ss also.

    You don’t need both pena & nunez on the roster at the expense of a bat anyways because they play the same exact positions.

    Now if you wan’t to send nunez down because of his defensive struggles & bring up pena,fine but technically we don’t need a corner guy.

    Trading swisher for a pitcher sounds interesting.
    Maxwell is hitting for power so how much offense would we lose?

    Also cashman needs to package montero & hughes for a stud pitcher,if possible,when hughes comes back,sooner if possible. so we can keep banuelos & betances.

    I’d rather lose hughes now.

    He is 25 next month & no signs of any offspeed pitches at all,in addition to an injury.

  44. Jerzz May 5th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Some good LH hitters that are FAs now:

    Bonds
    Richie Sexon
    Carlos Delgado
    Rich Aruilla
    Troy Glaus

  45. blake May 5th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Montero could catch 1 game a week and DH 1-2 games a week. The question is if they feel 2-3 games a week warrants calling him up. They probably wont do it…..but they could and still have a back up for each position.

  46. mick May 5th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    glaus, sexon leftys uh uh aurillia?

  47. raymagnetic May 5th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    How would the Yankees get a “stud pitcher” for Highes who “has no offspeed pitches” and Montero.

    Cmon man think!

  48. DocTodd May 5th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Richie Pool Stick Sexon bats right handed..

  49. Jerzz May 5th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Oops.

    Forget that last post. I apparently can’t read

  50. Jerzz May 5th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Delgado and Bonds are still available though

    ….

  51. blake May 5th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Glaus hits righty as well.

  52. raymagnetic May 5th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Bonds?

    Cmon man, think!

  53. ron May 5th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Catching montero just once is not good because he needs to get better defensively.
    That is the only thing holding him back.

    Now add velli catching once a week that puts martin on the bench twice a week,not cool.

    Now add in montero making posada sit a few games a week & the reality is montero catches once a week for a player that has to work very hard just to be a passable defensive catcher.

  54. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Why are all these combinations keeping Cervelli on the bench? He could be optioned to AAA. Its not like we have to DFA him.

  55. blake May 5th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    If they brought Montero up then Cervelli wouldn’t play unless an injury occured….they would either send him back down or carry him as a 3rd catcher/emergency infielder.

  56. Nick in SF May 5th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    “Just call up Vazquez. He’ll hardly play and when he does play he’ll hit for power at least.”

    I agree, small ball isn’t working, plus Yankees get hurt when they run the bases. Just go back to hitting homers.

  57. Nick in SF May 5th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Bonds wouldn’t have much range at 3rd but he’s now big enough to stop a lot of balls anyway. I like it.

  58. ron May 5th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    raymagnetic:

    Get him healthy,a few starts,hopefully we can prop up his trade value,montero combined in addition to 2 or 3 more prospects.

    Hopefully that allows us to keep ban & betances.

    The rs got becket for hanley & not sure how much more.

    Maybe it does cost us montero & betances or ban,then i think about it but a trade is going to be made.

    Just not sure who & when.

  59. raymagnetic May 5th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Homeruns are good.

    I hate small ball :x

  60. blake May 5th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    The narrative in ST was that Montero would benefit from being around Pena, Girardi, Posada, and Martin. Im not saying they should or shouldn’t bring him up now….just that they could and the sooner they get him up and seeing big league pitching…..the sooner he’ll adjust to it and perhaps be ready to make an impact.

  61. ron May 5th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I fully agree about the sooner montero comes up,the faster he gets adjusted,offensively speaking. but he just won’t catch enough & you would have to get rid of cervelli.
    They won’t carry 3 catchers,nor should they.

    When montero is ready defensively,if ever,he should take cervelli’s job.

    A lot of people say he won’t catch in the majors & if he does it won’t be for long.

    Time will tell.

    Just because somebody want’s to catch in the majors,doesn’t mean they will.

    Montero did not impress in st when he had a chance to do so,doesn’t mean a ton yet for a 20 or 21 year old kid.

    It will run its course.

  62. G. Love May 5th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    They won’t bring up Montero. They’ll bring up Pena. Jorge and Swisher can cover 1b in a pinch and Pena and Nunez can cover 2b, SS, 3b.

    Don’t expect anything bold here unless Cashman and Girardi are tired of the offense looking like a bunch of stiffs this week and want to threatens Jorge’s playing time by bringing up Montero or Gardners by bringing up an OF. I doubt they’ll do either and we’ll see Pena and all the little nino fans will feel warm and fuzzy again.

  63. blake May 5th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I don’t see any reason to carry both Nunez and Pena.

  64. blake May 5th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Pena it is though G. LOVE…..new thread.

  65. BoJo May 5th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Just a gut feeling..BUT…Nunez reminds me a great deal of a couple of ball players–Bobby Murcer and BJ Upton. All three have great offensive skills at a young age, but none of them were/are consistent enough to play middle infield. My instinct tells me that Nunez might do better as an OFer, and become a valuable player in that role for some team. As he matures and gains weight and muscle, I would even expect him to reach 20-25 homers a year.

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