NEW YORK -- Joe Girardi lifted Eric Chavez in favor of a defensive substitute for the final three outs of Friday's 6-3 Yankees win over the Mariners, but neither the manager nor the third baseman expect the right ankle soreness that popped up in the eighth inning to be a serious issue.
Girardi and head athletic trainer Steve Donohue visited Chavez at the plate during Chavez's eighth-inning at-bat, when "his ankle grabbed at him," Girardi said. Chavez insisted he could finish the at-bat -- a strikeout against Stephen Pryor -- but Girardi pulled him in favor of Jayson Nix for the ninth inning.
"It's a little sore, but I just have to wait and see how it feels tomorrow," Chavez said. "I don't foresee it being anything serious."