NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The injuries are starting to pile up for the Yankees.
Eric Chavez left New York’s 5-0 loss Wednesday night to the Baltimore Orioles during his at-bat in the fifth inning. The team said he had suffered a whiplash injury and possible concussion.
The oft-injured third baseman was hurt in the top of the inning diving to try and stop J.J. Hardy’s double down the line, one of the Orioles’ six extra-base hits.
Chavez went to the hospital for tests and did not travel with the team to Kansas City late Wednesday.
“When he dove, when he came off the field, he said felt a little dizzy but he said he felt all right. … Then when he was going through his at-bat he got dizzy,” Girardi said.
Still, Chavez tried to bat in the bottom half. After taking a called strike two, Chavez attempted to set himself in the batter’s box but called time and appeared to steady himself by grabbing his left thigh. He tried to steady himself again then stepped out. Chavez needed to be helped off the field and paused before being helped down the dugout steps.
Eduardo Nunez pinch hit for Chavez and fouled a pitch off before striking out looking. The strikeout was credited to Chavez.
The Yankees have been hit with the injury bug lately. Brett Gardner (elbow) won’t be coming off the disabled list Thursday as hoped and Nick Swisher (hamstring) is still on the mend, though not yet on the DL.
“At some point we’re going to have to make a move,” Girardi said. “It’s kind of hard to have 10 guys healthy in a lineup. It limits what you can do.”
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