Will Yoder
Thursday May 3rd, 2012

New York Yankees infielder Eric Chavez had to leave his team’s game against the Baltimore Orioles last night mid-at-bat due to whiplash and a possible concussion, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

Chavez, 34, reportedly hurt himself while diving for a ball hit by J.J. Hardy in the top of the fifth inning last night. He stayed in the game following the play, however during his at bat in the next half inning he was unable to set himself in the batter’s box. Chavez was helped off the field.

The former M.V.P. candidate has a long history of injuries, dating back to his time when he was a franchise cornerstone of the Oakland Athletics. He has served as a reserve infielder for the Yankees for the past two seasons. Last year in 58 games he hit .263/.320/.356 with two home runs and 26 RBI.

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