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Chavez Has Breakout Game After Struggles

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Endy Chavez vs. the White Sox on May 16, 2011.

    This recent tear of injuries through the Texas Rangers' outfield has meant a lot of guys who really shouldn't be everyday players in the bigs at this point are being forced to be.

    Yes, we're talking about guys like Craig Gentry and Endy Chavez.

    Chavez played in his third game of the season on Monday night in the Rangers' 4-0 win over the Chicago White Sox and broke out of a mini-slump.

    Batting in the leadoff spot, Chavez broke out of his 0-for-9 start to the season with a 3-for-5 night, which included a double, two runs and a stolen base. Not bad numbers for a leadoff guy, eh?

    The good news is, Chavez is only a temporary fix in the outfield with Josh Hamilton, Julio Borbon and Nelson Cruz currently on the DL and Mitch Moreland nursing a tight hamstring, though he shouldn't hit the DL.

    With Cruz and Hamilton nearing a return to Arlington and Borbon to follow about a week later, the Rangers will finally be back to their Opening Day starting outfield and Gentry and Chavez will be sent back down.

    But it's nice to see these guys show some flashes should some of those starters go down again this seaosn.