Chavez Still Battling Pain

Oakland Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez has admitted that his forearm and hamstring injuries have been bothering him throughout the winter, but he feels confident enough that he'll be able to cope with them if they should pop up again this season. He foresees himself wincing with pain on a daily basis.

That whole paragraph may not seem very encouraging to an A's fan, but despite the constant pain, Chavez still managed to win his sixth consecutive Gold Glove last season. On the other hand, his batting average dropped to a career-worst .241 and his 22 homers and 72 RBIs were his fewest since his first season as a starter in 1999. If Chavy doesn't heal up soon, expect just as little production from him in 2007.

Source: Oakland Athletics