Eric Chavez suffered whiplash diving for a ball defensively last night, leaving the game with a possible concussion, and the Yankees have now placed him on the seven-day disabled list designed specifically for concussions.
Chavez initially remained in the game and came to the plate in the next half-inning, but had to leave in the middle of the at-bat when he had trouble balancing. Trainers helped him off the field and assisted him down the dugout steps, so there’s definitely cause for concern.
To replace Chavez on the roster the Yankees called up journeyman Jayson Nix from Triple-A and are giving him the start in left field tonight. Nix has previously played for the White Sox, Rockies, Indians, and Blue Jays, hitting just .207 with a .648 OPS in 264 career games.
He has 15-homer power, but swings at everything and hasn’t even played well at Triple-A recently. He does, however, have some corner outfield experience, which is more than could be said for Eduardo Nunez before the Yankees gave the career-long infielder back-to-back starts in left field this week.
The Blue Jays placed right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a contusion in his right index finger, per a team announcement on Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to Friday. In a corresponding move, righty Marcus Stroman was activated from the DL (right shoulder fatigue) and will take the mound for the Blue Jays at 9:07 PM ET tonight.
Sanchez, 25, is in his fifth season with the club. He hasn’t looked his sharpest so far this year, going 3-5 in 15 starts with a career-worst 4.52 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 through 79 2/3 innings. It’s not yet clear how long he’ll be sidelined, though he could miss as little as one turn in the rotation before returning to the roster in the next week or two.
Sanchez isn’t the only struggling starter in Toronto’s rotation, either. Per MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, the team placed southpaw Jaime Garcia on the DL (right shoulder tenderness) as well, with lefty reliever Tim Mayza scheduled to take his spot on the roster. In 13 starts this season, Garcia carried a 2-6 record, 6.16 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 61 1/3 innings. Any further decisions pertaining to the rotation — including Tuesday’s starter against the Astros — have yet to be publicly addressed.