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Eric Chavez returns to Arizona lineup

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Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman returned to the starting lineup in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday, as the team took on the Mets.

The 36-year old Chavez had been out of the starting lineup since May 11, when he served as a designated hitter against the Chicago White Sox. Chavez has been relegated to pinch hitting over the past two weeks, going 3-for-8 with two home runs and a walk in his 7 appearances as a reserve.

Chavez had been dealing with knee problems since being removed from the lineup, but Diamondbacks skipper Kirk Gibson said that Chavez has been taking fielding practice throughout the weekend, and was ready to return to the lineup. On Sunday, Chavez got his first start at third base since the first week of May.

“We’ve been working on it, it’s been several days in between starts, and we’ll see how his knee reacts to this as well,” Gibson told

Chavez is a free agent after the season, and it currently earning $3.5 million with Arizona. The six-time gold glove award winner is having his an excellent year, hitting .291, with a .371 on base percentage. Chavez has missed at least 25 games every season since 2005.

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