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Postgame notes: Hafner’s stiffness “nothing to be concerned about”

A few quick notes today.

• Travis Hafner being scratched from the lineup sounds like a non-issue. “He just wasn’t able to do his normal routine, his normal cage stuff,” Joe Girardi said. “He was a little stiff. Nothing to be concerned about. He spends a lot of time getting loose every day and doing his routine, getting in hot tubs and taking his time in the cage. We just didn’t have time to do that today.”

• Alex Rodriguez will be at Yankee Stadium for Monday’s opener. Whether he’ll actually be a part of the pregame ceremony or address the media remains uncertain. “I haven’t asked,” Girardi said. “I don’t see why he wouldn’t necessarily do it. He’s part of our team. I don’t know what the expectation is, but he’s part of our team and I’m looking forward to seeing him.”

• As expected, Cody Eppley and Adam Warren have been given the final two spots in the Yankees bullpen. Girardi made those decisions official after today’s game.

• Also as expected, Brennan Boesch will get the final spot on the Yankees bench. He’s the only position player on the roster who doesn’t have an obvious role. “I could do a lot of different things with him,” Girardi said. “I could DH him possibly on a day. I could put him in the outfield. I could pinch hit with him. I could do a lot of different things with him. He’ll get some starts. He’s a guy that we believe has a big upside.”

• Apparently the Yankees made the decision a few days ago to have Vidal Nuno start today’s game instead of Adam Warren, who pitched an inning of relief. Girardi didn’t address it, but it makes sense to have Warren pitch out of the pen since he’s going to be in a relief role to open the season.

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