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.

Brandon Morrow injured his back taking off his pants

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The Cubs’ bullpen got into trouble in the ninth inning on Tuesday afternoon during the first game of a doubleheader. Justin Wilson started the inning with the Cubs leading 3-2, normally a situation for closer Brandon Morrow. Wilson issued a leadoff walk to Austin Barnes, then gave up a single to Justin Turner. Morrow wasn’t warming up, curiously. Wilson ended up giving up a go-ahead two-run double to pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer and the Cubs went on to lose 4-3.

We now know why Morrow wasn’t available. He says his back tightened up taking off his pants early Monday morning, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports. Morrow said, “It’s frustrating any time you can’t get out there, especially when you can’t go for something as stupid as taking your pants off.”

Morrow, 33, has been terrific in the closer’s role this season for the Cubs. He owns a 1.59 ERA with a 25/9 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. He is also not available for the back end of Tuesday’s doubleheader, but it sounds like he won’t need to go on the disabled list.