Eric Chavez broke his foot running the bases on an RBI triple last Thursday in Detroit. Actually, he didn’t. His foot was already broken. Actually, both feet.
So what’s going on here? Chavez said he believes he has had a fracture in both of his feet since birth. So when it was announced that he had fractured the fifth metatarsal on the play, that was incorrect. He said he received a revised diagnosis after seeing team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad and a foot specialist when he returned to New York, that he’s just dealing with a really deep bone bruise.
“It’s got to be a genetic defect or whatever,” Chavez said. “Basically, how I can explain it is the fractures, however they had happened, never healed completely. So there were two bones here that were semi weak. And when I hit the ground, one of them slipped and that’s where the irritation came from.”
He doesn’t think he will be starting baseball duties for at least two weeks unless he suddenly starts feeling better.
“The doc feels that in two or three weeks, it’s going to feel good,” Chavez said.
Chavez has shed his protective boot, which wasn’t providing comfort. He was hitting .303 (10 for 33) with six RBI when he got hurt.
“I was frustrated when I did it,” Chavez said. “I was assuming the worst. To hear that maybe this will only be a few weeks was a breath of fresh air. Hopefully it’s just a hiccup and I can pick up where I left off.”
Robinson Cano has passed all his neurological tests since getting beaned last night, but Joe Girardi said he needed final approval from a neurologist to be cleared for tonight. Cano has indeed been cleared. He may use a bigger helmet, although he doesn’t want to. We’ll see.
The Yankees have brought up righty reliever Amauri Sanit. Ramiro Pena has been sent down. Righty Jess Todd was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Sanit.
Nick Swisher is batting .400 from the right side. Unfortunately he’s only had 30 at-bats from that side. He’s batting .153 in 85 at-bats from the left side.
“His swing is not right,” Girardi said.
Rafael Soriano tested his right elbow by playing catch today. A team spokesman said he felt good and that there were no setbacks. He will be reevaluated tomorrow. Girardi said that Phil Hughes, who was supposed to try to play catch today, should do so tomorrow.
Jorge Posada was very uncomfortable talking about his DH work and hitting in general. He’s not in the lineup after getting two hits last night to raise his average to .162. After saying that it isn’t easy basically pinch hitting four times a game, he cut off the next question and walked away from the pack of reporters.