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Feeling better, Chavez could start rehab stint soon

PHOENIX -- Third baseman Eric Chavez has recovered at a faster than expected pace from a strained right oblique injury and could begin a rehab stint as soon as next week.

"Everything has been good -- hitting, running, throwing," Chavez said. "I didn't know really what to expect, but [it's] gone really good."

Chavez suffered the injury May 30 while taking a swing against the Rangers in Texas.

At the time of the injury, Chavez was one of the team's best hitters with a .325 batting average to go with seven homers and 25 RBIs.

Chavez does not think it will take him long to get his timing back at the plate.

"I told [manager Kirk Gibson] as far as timing is concerned, I don't need much," Chavez said. "For me, it will be more how does a check swing feel, how does a swing and miss feel, how does a 2-0 swing feel, all that stuff more than my timing. It doesn't take me long. I've only been out three weeks or whatever, so it's not going to take long."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.
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