Travis Hafner, who played only 66 games last season because of injuries, has spent more than his share of time on the disabled list. But after Tuesday's MRI on his sore right shoulder came back negative, it appears the Yankees' DH will avoid a DL stint.
Hafner received a cortisone shot and Joe Girardi described the injury as tendinitis, but suggested there was a chance Hafner could be available Wednesday night against the Mariners.
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"I think it was from getting hit by a pitch during the last homestand," Hafner said. "It started bothering me in my [swing] follow-through and just hung around. It's just inflammation. Hopefully, it's nothing serious."
Hafner was sidelined last season by knee issues and back inflammation. But after signing a one-year, $2-million deal with the Yankees, he batted .318/.438/.667 with six homers and 17 RBIs during the month of April. Since then, Hafner has cooled in May (.133/.257/.167) and is in a 4-for-30 skid.
The Yankees could wind up shipping out Ben Francisco if they call up shortstop David Adams, a likely move as they ride out Eduardo Nuñez's DL stint. The Yankees also have more coverage in the outfield with Curtis Granderson back.
Nuño down, but upbeat
To make room for Granderson, the Yankees optioned Vidal Nuño back to Triple-A Scranton. It didn't feel much like a just reward for his five scoreless innings Monday, but Nuño could see the silver lining. "It's good knowing I can pitch up here," said Nuño, who will start for Scranton on Saturday.
The Mets could use a decent outfielder these days, and they are still paying Jason Bay for the last season of his four-year, $66-million contract. But he sounds happy to be in a part-time role for the Mariners.
"I think everybody was on the same page -- it didn't work out," Bay said of his November split with the Mets. "It's nobody's fault but mine. I wish I'd done better."
Bay, who started Tuesday night in leftfield, is hitting .241 with four homers and 10 RBIs. "I'm comfortable where I'm at," he said. "By that I mean, if I'm playing right now, it's more or less because I deserve to be playing. There's not some external factors pushing one way or the other. In a weird way, I guess I kind of relish that."