Quick news out of the A’s clubhouse before their series finale against Toronto. Third baseman Eric Chavez has been activated from the disabled list, and designated hitter Frank Thomas has gone on it.
Chavez wasn’t supposed to be back this quickly, but he said his back has felt great during his rehab stints, and that within the past 10 days, he’s finally gotten his legs where they need to be. And with Thomas hurt, the A’s needed an offensive boost and Chavez has been swinging the bat very well in the minors.
Chavez will DH today, and the plan, according to manager Bob Geren, is to have him play third base for two days in Texas, then DH in the finale. That pattern _ two games at third, one at DH _ will continue for the time being, but that plan is in pencil, not pen. It’s worth noting that former A’s center fielder Mark Kotsay returned June 1 last year from the exact same back surgery. The difference being that Kotsay’s surgery took place in June, and Chavez’s was in November.
As for Thomas, he said he’ll be able to hit in eight to nine days and that he doesn’t anticipate a long stay. He has a strained quadriceps muscle, and the A’s are being cautious that he doesn’t tear the tendon.