Thursday, July 28, 2011
Endy Chavez likely to get more playing time
By Jeff Caplan
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers face two lefties Friday and Saturday in Toronto. Normally that would mean bench time for outfielder Endy Chavez, but with Craig Gentry being placed on the seven-day disabled list Thursday, Chavez will be the likely benefactor with more playing time.
Chavez, a left-handed hitter who has been platooning in center field with the right-handed Gentry, played Wednesday night against Minnesota Twins lefty Brian Duensing and contributed two of Texas' nine hits in the 7-2 loss.
Gentry hurt his neck and head sliding into Toronto's Aaron Hill last Sunday. Chavez is batting .333 with four home runs and 18 RBIs. He is batting .385 six games into this seven-game homestand. Gentry is eligible to be activated on Aug. 4 at Detroit, the final game of the upcoming six-game road trip.
"Endy don’t care," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Chavez facing lefties. "When I got two guys that I feel is quality like Endy and Gentry, one against a lefty and one against a righty, it gives me a chance to get both of them out there. But Endy don’t care."