Chavez, who hit .162 in 105 at bats while missing 47 days during two separate DL stints, said he hasn’t felt this healthy since spring training and just wants to put a forgettable first half behind him.
“I know I had a very difficult first half. I’m trying to get myself clear and leave that in the past and just start over in the second half,” Chavez said. “I want to forget the first half.”
Chavez, signed to be a fourth outfielder in the offseason, first landed on the DL on May 10 with a left oblique strain, which kept him out 19 days. He then went back on the DL again June 14 with a left hamstring strain. The left-handed hitting outfielder batted just .156 with just three extra-base hits against right-handed pitching.
“I had a slow start and when I started to feel better, I hurt myself,” Chavez said.”I think that complicated stuff. Finally after I started getting hits, I got the hamstring problem. I couldn’t believe it. I was feeling fine. I can’t even explain what happen.
“I think the biggest part of the first half was that my mind and my body wasn’t right. I was trying to recover but at the same time I wanted to be on the field and help the team. I can play hurt, but I wasn’t getting the result that I expected. I didn’t want that to be a problem in the future.”
Chavez wasn’t in the starting lineup on Friday, but manager Buck Showalter said he was available to come off the bench.