Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Return of Endy Chavez

"The Catch", Endy Chavez, returns to organized baseball tonight as he'll make his first minor league rehab start.

It feels like we haven't seen Endy since his miracle catch in game 7 of the NLCS last year. Man, have I missed Endy. But what's going to happen once Endy returns? With the surge of Everlastings Thrilledge (Lastings Milledge) and a healthy Moises Alou, what's Endy Chavez going to do?
Here's what should happen. Endy Chavez thrives when he comes off the bench or gets a spot start. The starting outfield should remain the same with Alou, Beltran and Milledge/Green. Endy will get a start when there's a day game after a night game or if Alou's arthritis is acting up.

But Endy should play in every game down the stretch after the 7th inning. He should replace either Green or Alou in the outfield for defensive purposes. We don't need to lose any big games because Green & Alou are too slow to react to a ball. Chavez is our lock down defender in the outfield.

I love Endy, but this team is starting to get into a groove offensively and inserting him into the lineup immediately I don't think would be in Endy's best interest or the team's.

I am looking forward to the return of Endy Chavez. There's a level of excitement that he brings that I think the team thrives on and I know the fans do.

Here's to a successful rehab stint in the minors, Endy. Hope to see you in September!

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