Posted By Jeff Fletcher on March 10, 2009 11:04 am
Eric Chavez said this morning that he’s going to take it slow as he tries to get back on track after the setback in his rehab from shoulder surgery.
“The big thing is getting pain free and then kind of starting over slow,” Chavez said. “Take five swings. How does that feel? Take 10 throws. How does that feel? We have to start from scratch a little bit.”
Chavez was supposed to make his spring debut at third on Monday, but he was scratched because he felt some pain his shoulder. This morning he didn’t sound too down about it. To me it sounded like he wants to go as slow and be as careful as possible this spring. If that means going into opening day without much spring training, so be it.
“Both (hitting and fielding) will be easy for me if I feel good,” he said. “If my shoulder feels good I’ll be able to hit. I’m not worried about putting up huge numbers. I’m worried about feeling good at the plate and taking good swings. Physically, I need to be healthy to do that.”
The other news from Phoenix this morning is that Billy Beane said Orlando Cabrera and Nomar Garciaparra won’t be playing for a while.
“We’re going to take our time with them,” Beane said. “It could be another 10 days before they get in a game. When they say they are ready, we’ll probably wait a little bit longer after that. Both of them have been around long enough that they probably think spring training is too long anyway.”
Both players saw live pitching for the first time this morning, standing in against rehabbing Henry Rodriguez. Cabrera watched about six pitches and then headed for the clubhouse. Garciaparra actually took some hacks.