Eric Chavez leaves game with whiplash, possible concussion


Eric Chavez has a pretty rich injury history, but this one is a lot different than a bum shoulder or knee or something.  He left last night’s Yankees-Orioles game in the middle of an at bat due to what is being called whiplash and concussion symptoms.

He likely sustained the injury in the top of the fifth while diving for J.J. Hardy’s double.  But he stayed in the game and attempted to bat in the bottom of the inning. Then:

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.

He was taken to the hospital for head and spine scans and had not returned before the team left the ballpark and the reporters went home.

One has to assume he’ll be put on the disabled list, even if it’s only on the seven-day concussion list.  At least one hopes that’s all this is.

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.