Chavez will be DH for Sacramento

Updated: July 4, 2004, 10:55 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Oakland Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez will begin a rehab assignment Monday, just more than a month after he broke his right hand when hit by a pitch.

Eric Chavez
Third Base
Oakland Athletics
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2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R SB AVG
49 13 35 34 4 .246

Chavez will join Triple-A Sacramento for a game at Fresno on Monday, and he will be the designated hitter. He is in good shape, so the team isn't worried about his conditioning or fielding as much as his hitting and the pressure it will put on the hand.

When Chavez was hurt June 1 on a pitch by Chicago's Damaso Marte, he was expected to miss at least six weeks. Whether he will rejoin the A's before the All-Star break is uncertain.

"We'll see how he performs," trainer Larry Davis said. "It's going to be 50-50 -- 50 percent how he feels and 50 percent how he does."

The three-time Gold Glove was batting .246 with a team-leading 13 home runs and 35 RBIs before the injury. He signed a $66 million, six-year contract extension during spring training, the biggest deal in franchise history.


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