Chavez back in lineup after leaving Friday's game

Chavez back in lineup after leaving Friday's game

ARLINGTON -- Sporting a large bandage on his forehead, Seattle right fielder Endy Chavez was back in the Mariners' lineup Saturday after he had to leave Friday's game in the fifth inning.

Chavez sustained a serious cut on his forehead when he slid into Rangers shortstop Luis Sardinas's knee on a successful steal attempt. Chavez immediately left the game to get stitches.

"I knew I was cut but I didn't know if it was bad," Chavez said. "I didn't really know what happened until I saw it in the mirror. I hit his knee and my helmet hit me in my nose."

Chavez was asked Saturday if he'd be sliding feet-first, at least temporarily.

"For sure," he said, laughing. "For a little while."

Dave Sessions is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.