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D-backs' Chavez leaves game with strained oblique

D-backs' Chavez leaves during first-inning at-bat with strained oblique.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Diamondbacks third baseman Eric Chavez left Thursday's game against the Rangers in the first inning with a strained right oblique.


Chavez grabbed his side after fouling off the second pitch he saw from Texas right-hander Justin Grimm on Thursday. Chavez also fouled off the first pitch.


Cliff Pennington replaced Chavez in the lineup.


The 35-year-old Chavez is hitting .325 with seven homers and 25 RBIs as a part-time starter at third base.


Chavez missed much of four straight seasons from 2008-11 with back, neck and shoulder problems and a broken foot. The Diamondbacks have monitored his playing time and given him frequent days off this year in hopes of keeping him healthy.