I know the BlogFather Blez mentioned this in his article of the day and someone else posted a pll but I don't think this subject is getting the attention it deserves. Chavez is clearly hurting, and it brings up the question as to what the A's are waiting for. If Chavez is adament about playing do the A's have the determination to tell him to shut it down? Are his injuries overstated? The list of questions goes on. Here is my take on the Chavez to the DL 'issue.'
The statistics do not lie. Chavez got off to a blazing start and now with the accumulation of his injuries - forearm tendanitis, hamstrings, and back - he is not only hitting poorly but his defensive range is suffering as well. I think it would heed the A's to place him on the DL and stop the more recent trend of giving him a day off here and there. A few days off here and there is not sufficient time to let Chavez recover from the type of injuries it is reported that he has. It is clear that he has been playing poorly and his numbers just keep getting worse. The season is not quite half way over and it isn't worth it/possible to ride him all the way until September and expect him to get fully healthy and play at the level we all expect our corner stone player to play at.
That being said, I know 15 games now are just as important as 15 games in September, but if we keep riding an injured Chavez his productivity will be nill by the time August/September come around.
Maybe the A's are waiting for Big Hurt's Return so we don't have to go completely without a big bopper in the line up?
In light of this, I'd like to give a tip of the cap to Chavez for showing us his heart and playing through all of these injuries. I don't think it's possible for ANYONE to question his heart anymore.
I'd like to hear where all of you chime in on this issue and whether you think:
1) that it is a good idea to put him on the DL and 2)if you do, what would be the proper timing
a) when the wheels fall completely off
b) when the Big Hurt and Bradley come
c) some other time
Go A's Go Bears (#6 preseason ranking somehow in Street and Smith's)