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

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 30, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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

  1. UnKnown March 30th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Next Stop: Opening Day against Hated Boston.

    Can’t Wait!!

  2. charlestonchew March 30th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Youk’s gonna go yard!

  3. tucker March 30th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Gotta say this is the most underwhelming Opening Day for the Yanks in years, even more surprising because it’s Yanks-Sox. The rivalry is taking a breather — or maybe a nap. Those hairy old vets need their rest.

  4. blake March 30th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Nothing is a non issue with Hafner….with his injury history if he wakes up with a hangnail you have concern

  5. 4 NYY March 30th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Maybe I missed something, but why did Warren and Kelley make this team and not Claiborne ?

    IMO Warren is strictly AAA

    Can’t be $$$

  6. blake March 30th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    If Eppley made the team (why?) then who got the boot to open the spot for Overbay ?

  7. mick March 30th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    what was wrong with logan today?

    warren didn’t go because he’s the long man and there is a game on Monday…

  8. blake March 30th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I think Warren will be a mop up and long guy ….they always like to have a guy that can go long and eat garbage innings

  9. mick March 30th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    is hafner made of glass like nick johnson?

  10. 4 NYY March 30th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Would be nice to have a mop up guy that’s effective.

  11. Rich in NJ March 30th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I’m looking forward to Opening Day. It’s still baseball, and I need a fix.

  12. blake March 30th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    4 NYY says:
    March 30, 2013 at 6:41 pm
    Would be nice to have a mop up guy that’s effective.

    Yea I think Warren can be at times…..I like him in that role to be honest because he really can’t do much else in AAA and they can be some value out of him this way……

  13. mick March 30th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    warren is here till hughes gets back.
    boesch/francisco till jeter.

    did anyone see the projected opening lineup?

    it had the 3 leftys up top.
    francisco 5th behind youk.
    wells 6th.

    where did they get that from or did they just make it up?

  14. Chip March 30th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    blake March 30th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    If Eppley made the team (why?) then who got the boot to open the spot for Overbay ?
    ——————

    My guess is going to be Melky Mesa.

  15. blake March 30th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    March 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm
    I’m looking forward to Opening Day. It’s still baseball, and I need a fix.

    Yup. My favorite days of the sports year are probably opening day of baseball…. Sunday at Augusta….and maybe the first day of the NCAA tourney

  16. tomingeorgia March 30th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    blake,
    Is Easter Monday still a holiday in NC?

  17. blake March 30th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    “My guess is going to be Melky Mesa.”

    Certainly hope not unless they can get him back like Adams

  18. blake March 30th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    tomingeorgia says:
    March 30, 2013 at 6:45 pm
    blake,
    Is Easter Monday still a holiday in NC?

    I’m not workin…..I’m no sure if its like an official holiday but a lot of folks are off

  19. Chip March 30th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Blake -

    I like Mesa’s glove and power but don’t think he’ll ever be more than a fourth or fifth outfielder at the ML level because of the holes in his swing.

    He’s also going to get passed pretty quickly by the guys behind him and while we’ve heard lots of praise for Zoilo Almonte from people in the organization – no one has been as effusive with Mesa.

  20. blake March 30th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    “I like Mesa’s glove and power but don’t think he’ll ever be more than a fourth or fifth outfielder at the ML level because of the holes in his swing.”

    Still rather part with a reliever

  21. Chip March 30th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Blake -

    So would I; but since they’re not going to…

  22. blake March 30th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I think Puig is being over hyped but if he turns into something boy will that reflect well on the Dodgers scouts….and anothe or guy the Yanks missed out on

  23. Cujo March 30th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    A-ROID should stay upstairs in one of the Yankee boxes so as to not detract from the Opening Day ceremonies.

    His ‘circus’ act is old and stale and he doesn’t need to be the center of attention, despite what he thinks.

  24. austinmac March 30th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I have a stupid deposition on Monday afternoon. What kind of planning is that?

    I saw the Rangers and Padres play in San Antonio today. The most interesting part is seeing Profar in person. Hit a long foul, but other than that not much. He is built like a player and has a very good arm.

    I would like Profar and Stanton please. That’s not asking much, is it?

  25. RMS March 30th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Arod will be at YS. I had forgotten all about him. If he is introduced, look for a lot of boos.

  26. RadioKev March 30th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Looks like Joba can learn a thing or two from
    Cole Hamels.

  27. implosion March 30th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I have a very good feeling about the first 30 days. After that when some of the regulars come back we will take a slide because Joe will feel pressured to play them due to the salaries. What a shame.

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