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Chavez Likely To Miss Opener

Reported By Stephen Rhodes

The chances of Oakland A's third basemen starting in the team's season opener appear remote, at best. At least that's the feeling around the team's clubhouse as of late; the team's trainer, Steve Sayles, wouldn't say whether Chavez would make the team's trip to Japan on March 19, but he told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, "It would be more advantageous if he stayed here and got work done."

Chavez hasn't done much during spring training, as he hasn't done any running or fielding grounders; he has been limited to throwing lightly and batting practice. As anyone who has had a back procedure knows, the recovery time from back surgery can be painfully slow, and the recent epidural that Chavez received further delayed his recovery timetable. At the present rate, it appears that Jack Hannahan, who is batting .391 this spring, will be the likely replacement for Chavez.

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