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Ailing Chavez to see minimal action before break

Ailing Chavez to see minimal action before break

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Ailing Chavez to see minimal action before break

PHOENIX - A day after being a late scratch from the D-backs lineup with right hip stiffness, veteran infielder Eric Chavez said Wednesday he is available to play if the club needs him while he treats the injury.

"It's OK, but we're just so close to the All-Star break," Chavez said. "So I'm going to try to be careful."

Chavez initially felt the discomfort after Monday's game, then while warming up to play Tuesday the hip stiffened up on him.

"We'll minimize his activity right now, but he can play," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We'll err on the side of caution, though."

After missing nearly all of June with an oblique injury, Chavez is batting just .226 in 31 at-bats since coming off the disabled list. He was hitting .325 prior to going on the shelf.

Martin Prado started at third base on Wednesday.

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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