FORT MYERS, Fla. — As far as prospects go, Michael Chavis is probably the biggest name in Red Sox camp — at least the biggest and newest. Blake Swihart’s been around, so too has, say, Sam Travis.
Chavis, a 22-year-old third baseman and a first-round pick in 2014, is going to be out probably for more than just a few days. Manager Alex Cora said it could be "a while."
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Chavis was in the batting cage on Wednesday when he pulled his left oblique on a swing. Oblique and intercostal injuries often take a long time to recover from.
“I wish I had some information. But it’s kind of seeing what happens day to day,” Chavis said. “Seeing if things get better. Seeing how it feels when we come in every single day. But doing a bunch of treatment, doing as much as I can to get out there as soon as possible. But I don’t really have an exact timeframe yet.
“I’ll say today feels better than it has since it happened. So I’m feeling pretty positive about how it’s going. Every day’s been a little bit better and today was significantly better, working out, running on the elliptical and stuff like that. So I’m pretty positive about how things are going. … As soon as I can, guarantee you I’m going to be out there.”
Chavis said he’s never had this type of injury before.
“They said that obliques are a little sensitive, [with] baseball being so rotational with throwing and hitting,” he said. “But one of the big things I’m focusing on is, I don’t want it to come back during the season so it would be better to take care of it now then have it come back midseason and have it be a big issue then.”
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Chavis hit 31 homers across two levels last season, High-A and Portland. He batted .282 with a .347 on-base percentage and .563 slugging percentage. This is his first year with an invitation to major league camp.
“When something happens you’re kind of like, you can’t believe it,” Chavis said. “It’s just unlucky, honestly, but I’m looking forward to getting back for sure.”