Chavez has shoulder surgery, marking 3rd procedure in last two months

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Athletics third baseman
Eric Chavez had his third operation in two months, a procedure Friday to
remove damaged tissue from his left shoulder.

He is expected to begin physical therapy in about a week.

The six-time Gold Glove winner had right shoulder surgery Sept.
5 for a torn labrum and to repair a damaged biceps tendon and
remove a loose body from the joint. Dr. Lewis Yocum performed that
operation. Chavez had surgery on his back Oct. 9.

Chavez, who hit .240 with 15 home runs in an injury-shortened
2007 season, has struggled with back and arm problems for two
years. The A's are hopeful he will be healthy come February for the
start of spring training.

He appeared in just 90 games and spent the final two months of
the year on the disabled list.