Oakland A's Shut Eric Chavez Down

Joseph LopezCorrespondent IMarch 10, 2009

Eric Chavez has been shut down once again. The Oakland A's announced earlier this week (Monday) that their third-baseman has been shut down with no immediate time table for return.

After countless surgeries over the last two years, Chavez, 31, is struggling to regain his strength and form. The six-time Gold Glover has yet to play a full season since 2006. When healthy, he's one of the best offensive hitters as well as one of the best defensive players in all of baseball.

The A's are hoping that with a few days off that he'll be able to come back and get ready for Opening Day. If healthy, the A's will have a very respectable middle of the order lineups in all of baseball with Cust, Holliday, Giambi and Chavez.

With a healthy Chavez, the A's should make a run for the division crown.