Chavez, Delgado on the mend

Several hitters who can dictate how opposing managers manage have been absent for extended periods.

Originally Published: June 14, 2004
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
Eric Chavez, Oakland's $11 million-a-year third baseman, will be out at least another month with a broken right hand. The Athletics miss Chavez daily for his power, his competitiveness and the best defense at the position by someone not named "Scott Rolen.''

Think the Angels have a whole lot of sympathy for them?

To say Anaheim has been crushed by injuries is an understatement. The Angels have sent nine players to the disabled list for a total of 271 games and had their projected everyday lineup intact for one game all season. They might already be buried in the American League West if not for the brilliance of Vladimir Guerrero, the calming influence of manager Mike Scioscia and the contribution of Chone Figgins, Jeff DaVanon and the other shock troops.

Jerry Crasnick

ESPN Senior Writer