Thursday, June 3, 2004

A's lose Chavez for minimum of six weeks

The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. - Gold Glove third baseman Eric Chavez will be sidelined for at least six weeks with a broken bone in his right hand.

Chavez was hurt in the 11th inning of Oakland's 6-4, 12-inning win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday after getting hit by a pitch from Damaso Marte.

"I don't know if I felt worse for myself or the team," said Chavez, who hopes to have the splint removed from his hand June 21. "In this case, time's all you've got . . . I don't even want to guess. Hopefully, it heals quick and I'll be ready to go."

Chavez has a broken fifth metacarpal, right above his pinkie and ring finger. According to trainer Larry Davis, it was a "clean" break, meaning Chavez won't need surgery to have a pin installed in the hand.

Chavez was batting .246 with a team-leading 13 home runs and 35 RBI.

SHORT HOPS: Mariners right-hander Gil Meche was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma. He is 1-5 with a 7.06 ERA in 10 starts, including 0-3, 10.59 in his past five outings.

• The Cubs sent right-hander Sergio Mitre to Triple-A Iowa, clearing the way for the team to activate Mark Prior from the disabled list. Mitre made nine starts for the Cubs and was 2-4 with a 6.51 ERA.

• Outfielder Kenny Lofton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, and the Yankees recalled right-hander Bret Prinz from Triple-A.

• The Orioles placed outfielder Jay Gibbons on the 15-day disabled list because of back spasms and recalled outfielder Tim Raines Jr. from Triple-A Ottawa.

• Right-hander Brian Boehringer was put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday by the Pirates, who recalled left-hander Mike Gonzalez from Triple-A Nashville.

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