Eric Chavez only has bone bruise, gets walking boot removed

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Eric Chavez had an enjoyable Thursday.

According to Kieran Daryc of ESPN New York, the veteran third baseman had the protective walking boot removed from his left foot and was also told by doctors that he never actually suffered a fracture — only a deep bone bruise.

The Yankees’ team physicians are expecting Chavez to be ready for full baseball activities in about three weeks. He will stick to working out in the weight room and a training pool until then.

“When I went and saw the doctor, it was about as good a diagnosis as I could get,” Chavez told reporters Thursday afternoon. “Just basically dealing with a deep bone bruise and the doc feels pretty good that in two or three weeks it’s gonna feel good. Hopefully it’s just a hiccup and I can come back and pick up where I left off.”

Chavez had a healthy .303/.410/.424 batting line with three extra-base hits and six RBI over his first 39 plate appearances in pinstripes. He was also doing a fine job defensively at third base when called upon.

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.

Rockies sign 30-year lease to stay in Coors Field

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.

As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”

The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.