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Slip of the tongue: Girardi uses Chavez’s name in talking about bench

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 21, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi was sitting in his office, talking about his plans at designated hitter. He was explaining that, while either Raul Ibanez or Andruw Jones will likely be in the lineup every day — Ibanez against righties, Jones against lefties — they won’t exactly platoon at designated hitter. Either one could play an outfield corner to give someone else a breather.

“If you wanted to DH Tex, you could move Swish to first if you wanted,” Girardi said. “Or you could put Chavez at first.”

Wait a second… Chavez? Eric Chavez? The guy who’s not on the roster?

“If he shows up,” Girardi said. “We don’t have him, but there’s been talk about that we might get him. That’s not official.”

The Yankees have been open about their desire to bring Chavez back in a bench role, and it seems Girardi is already envisioning a team with Chavez in the mix. He’s not here yet, but his old locker is still empty in the spring training clubhouse.

“We’ve had discussions with him,” Giradri said. “But I don’t know if he’s going to be a part of our club. I’d like to have him back. I thought he was productive for us, and he gives me flexibility.”

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