Chavez “off the charts,” Girardi says

Eric Chavez seems to have a spot locked up with the Yankees as a reserve corner infielder, planning to see some playing time behind Alex Rodriguez at third base and Mark Teixeira at first base.

Tonight was easily his best performance of the spring. Chavez slugged a solo homer in the second inning off Astros starter Nelson Figueroa, then singled in the fourth before doubling and scoring a run in the fifth. He’s hitting .421 this spring.

“He looks pretty good, doesn’t he?” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I was commenting today about his BP. It was like off the charts today, and it just went right into the game.”

The only blemish was a pop-up he got turned around on down by the third-base photo box, but it dropped for no play. With Chavez, defense has never been the concern, it’s health – and he seems to have come back strong from his recent minor right calf scare. It looks like he’ll be lockering next to old A’s teammate Nick Swisher in New York.

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