Saturday, July 23, 2011

Chavez & Soriano Could Return This Homestand

From Matt Fortuna:
Rafael Soriano and Eric Chavez may return to the Yankees sometime during their current 10-game homestand, manager Joe Girardi said on Friday.

Chavez, who has a bone bruise on his left foot, played in his fourth rehab start for Tampa on Friday, and went 1-for-4 with a double, playing seven innings at third base for the second straight night.


Girardi said he would like to see Chavez go through a nine-inning game before moving forward.

"You'd like to be able to get him back-to-back games to know that he can do that for you if you wanted him to do that," Girardi said of Chavez before Friday's game. "But besides that, not a whole lot. Just to see how the foot responds. It's one thing to DH, and then it's one thing to play the field and be on it all the time -- how's that foot going to respond? And as long as it's responding well, we have him play a couple days in a row, I don't see why we wouldn't consider him a player for us."
Soriano is scheduled to pitch in his third rehab game either Saturday or Sunday. Girardi also wants to see Soriano throw on back-to-back days before having him rejoin the team.

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