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Chavez will be DH for Sacramento

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.

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.