So after I wrote yesterday about how good the A’s infield has been at full strength, they’re likely going to be without third baseman Eric Chavez for the next couple of days. Chavez has some stiffness in his right shoulder and neck from that dive he took back into first base Friday night. He took Saturday off (that was previously planned) and played yesterday, but Chavez still has soreness whether he’s in the field or at the plate. “Officially he’s day to day, but he’s probably going to be out for a couple days,” Bob Geren said in his pregame media session.
Said Chavez: “If I come back tomorrow and it’s a little stiff, I’ll probably (return) Wednesday.”
The cautious approach is because Chavez spent all offseason and most of the spring rehabbing from surgery on that right shoulder. The neck problems are solely from Friday’s slide. Having just talked to him, he didn’t seem terribly worried that it might be a long-term thing. Geren had planned on starting Jason Giambi at DH tonight, but now Giambi is at first with Nomar Garciaparra starting at third against Boston, his former team.
Bobby Crosby gets his first start at second base as Mark Ellis gets a planned day off. No Travis Buck in the lineup for a second straight day. Rajai Davis gets another outfield start.
Sweeney RF; Cabrera SS; Giambi 1B; Holliday LF; Garciaparra 3B; Cust DH; Suzuki C; Crosby 2B; Davis CF; Braden P
Red Sox lineup:
Baldelli CF; Pedroia 2B; Ortiz DH; Youkilis 1B; Drew RF; Bay LF; Lowell 3B; Varitek C; Green SS; Lester P