Remember when Andruw Jones had that terrific series in Boston right before the All-Star break, and when it was over, Jones admitted that he’d rather take the next four days off than ride the hot streak? That’s essentially what Eric Chavez said after his nine-hit, two-homer series in Detroit.
“I know I need the time to recover,” he said. “We’ve got good players that are going to be playing, and I just want to get more W’s. I’m not an everyday guy. I’ve accepted that.”
Beginning tonight in Toronto, the Yankees are scheduled to face three straight lefties. That likely means no Chavez in the lineup until after the weekend. He might pinch hit — and Joe Girardi refused to rule out playing him — but there’s a good chance he’s going to sit right when he’s gotten on a roll.
“I feel good,” he said. “I’ve got to be cautious about wanting to go out there and play more than I can because it’s been working, what I’ve been doing. But I’ll do whatever (Girardi) asks me to do, to be honest with you. I’ll just go until I break, if I have to.”
Breaking Chavez is the last thing the Yankees need to do. He’s hit .458/.480/.917 in the month of August, and while those numbers surely are not sustainable, it’s certainly not out of the question that Chavez could remain productive in a platoon role until Alex Rodriguez comes off the disabled list. He’s been vital these past few games, and sitting him for a while might actually help him keep that pace.
“I don’t really feel like I’m the one who needs to fill (Rodriguez’s) shoes,” Chavez said. “I think it’s collectively as a team. Yeah, you always like to play well. It was a good series. I saw the ball well. And that’s about it. You move on.”
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