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Eric Chavez is hoping to avoid knee surgery

Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

DENVER, CO - MAY 20: Eric Chavez #12 of the Arizona Diamondbacks follows through on an RBI single during the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 20, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 5-1. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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Eric Chavez has a knee injury that might normally require surgery, but the 36-year-old is close enough to the end of his career and has gone through enough health problems that he’s decided not to go under the knife.

Instead the Diamondbacks have placed him on the disabled list with what’s officially being called a sprained left knee and Chavez will hope that some rest and rehab will do the trick. Or at least do the trick enough to let him play the second half of the season in a part-time role.

Chavez told Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic that he heard a “small pop” in his knee before the Diamondbacks left for Australia to open the regular season against the Dodgers. It’s been swollen for much of the season and he’s had to get it drained multiple times, so it’s pretty impressive that Chavez has been able to post an .800 OPS in 81 plate appearances.

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