April 17: Eric Chavez

D.J. Short
Rotoworld

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The Diamondbacks placed Aaron Hill on the disabled list Tuesday with a broken left hand, so Martin Prado made the start at second base while Chavez played third. Didi Gregorious was also added to the roster Tuesday, but the Diamondbacks are going to ease him into things after he dealt with a sprained elbow ligament during spring training, so we could see more of this alignment in the days ahead. Chavez obviously comes with a lengthy injury history, but he hit .281/.348/.496 with 16 home runs and an .845 OPS in 113 games with the Yankees last season. Sure, playing half of his games in Yankee Stadium helped, but don't forget that Chase Field is a pretty favorable environment for hitters, as well. With his eligibility between third base and first base, don't be surprised if he turns out to be useful while Hill is sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks.

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