Chavez fights off ankle injury to log pinch at-bat

Chavez fights off ankle injury to log pinch at-bat

NEW YORK -- Eric Chavez pinch-hit in the seventh inning of Saturday's 8-6 loss to the Red Sox after uncertainty from Yankees manager Joe Girardi before the game that his third baseman's bruised ankle wasn't completely healed.

Chavez's right ankle swelled up after getting hit by Red Sox reliever Mark Melancon's 92-mph cutter in the eighth inning on Friday. X-rays taken on the ankle on Friday night were negative, but Girardi hadn't talked to Chavez about his condition before his pregame news conference on Saturday.

Chavez was inserted as a pinch-hitter for Jayson Nix against left-hander Matt Albers, but he popped up to lead off the inning.

With the Red Sox starting a pair of left-handers for the final two games of the series, Chavez is scheduled to sit in favor of the right-handed hitting Nix.