Chavez gets boot off, can't wait to return

Eric Chavez has gotten the boot off his injured left foot, and is working out in the weight room and the pool, as he waits to be cleared to resume baseball activities.

"We're hoping for just a few weeks," Chavez said in the Yankees clubhouse on Thursday, prior to the team's series finale against the Kansas City Royals. "When I went and saw the doctor, it was about as good a diagnosis as I could get."

Chavez was originially diagnosed with a broken left foot, but he said Thursday that upon further review, the injury is actually a bone bruise.

"Just basically dealing with a deep bone bruise," Chavez said. "And the doc feels pretty good that in two or three weeks it's gonna feel good."

Chavez, 33, signed with the Yankees in the offseason as a reserve infielder, and was off to a very good start. In 33 at-bats, he was hitting .303, with six RBIs. Chavez won six Gold Gloves at third base as a member of the Oakland A's from 2001 to 2006, and also slugged 22 or more home runs every season from 2000 to 2006, before his career was derailed by injuries.

Chavez admitted Thursday that when this latest injury occurred, running the bases in Detroit on May 5, he was worried that his first season as a Yankee might be completely derailed as well.

"Yeah, I was frustrated," Chavez said. "But when I did it, like I said, I was assuming the worst. So to hear that maybe this could only be a few weeks was a breath of fresh air. Hopefully it's just a hiccup and I can come back and pick up where I left off."