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Hafner having hard time

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jul 11, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Travis HafnerTravis Hafner isn’t exactly on a roll right now. Not only has he been slumping the last two-plus months, but he suffered a minor injury Wednesday night in what he called “a kind of freak incident.”

Between innings, the DH fouled a ball off the top of his left foot in the indoor cage and left for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning of the Yankees’ 8-1 win over the Royals.

“It’s kind of embarrassing,” Hafner said. “It’s something I like to do, hit off the machine. I had it cranked up to 95, 100 miles an hour. The ball moves all over the place. I just fouled a ball off.

“It’s not bad. It’s still a little numb, but overall it feels pretty good.”

X-ray were negative. It’s a contusion. He’s down as day to day, but he hopes to be available for the series finale today.

Hafner went 0 for 2 and is now 1 for 19 on the homestand. He’s also 13 for his last 60 and down to .215 overall. Hard to remember his great April at this point.

“It’s just a matter of going out there and getting it going,” Hafner said. “Obviously I want to play at a better level than what I’m playing at. But I feel good. I just want to go out there and contribute and help the team.”

Photo by The Associated Press.





18 Responses to “Hafner having hard time”

  1. LGY July 11th, 2013 at 7:37 am

    I really hope the Yankees are looking to trade Hughes and Joba for long term help, not some short term quick fix like Michael Young.

  2. MG July 11th, 2013 at 7:44 am

    The Yankees will be doing Hughes a favor if they trade him to either the Dodgers or Giants, he will be really good for either of them with the extra room in the outfield.

    They just need to get the best deal for him, if they can get the two teams bidding against each other the price goes up..

  3. MG July 11th, 2013 at 7:45 am

    As for Chamberlain, a bag of balls would be enough…

  4. pkyankfan69 July 11th, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Joba for a 2 week old Blimpies Ham Sandwich

  5. Hassey July 11th, 2013 at 7:50 am

    At this point, I would trade Joba chamberlain for Richard Chamberlain


  6. Hans Davenport July 11th, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Hans Davenport July 11th, 2013 at 7:49 am
    Don’t know who the pitchers were without looking it up. They were discussing the game on the A’s @ Pirates broadcast.

    The link to the box score from game 7 1960 WS is below for anyone discussing the game and is interested. Looks like Turley and Vern law started, a total of 10 pitchers were used. Haddix won and Terry lost. Great game, great series, great teams back then. Those Yankee teams always competed. Of course all the 1961 team could do was hit home runs.…..IT1960.htm

  7. blake July 11th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    “The Yankees will be doing Hughes a favor if they trade him to either the Dodgers or Giants, he will be really good for either of them with the extra room in the outfield.”

    I agree he would help both of those teams a lot…..I don’t however know what either has or would be willing to give up. Both have some interesting prospects……for Hughes I’d try to shoot for prospects to be honest because I just don’t see him bringing back an impact type big league player…..If there was a situation out there where you could swap need for need with a team and get a bat on an expiring contract then ok…..but I don’t see a match there really that helps the yanks.

  8. blake July 11th, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I’m really kinda pumped about Nova…..I know I’ve been down on him and I still am not sure if what we are seeing is real or not…..but the main reason I was so down was because his sinker just had disappeared and had really been gone for almost 2 years and I wasn’t sure he could find it again.

    Last year and early this year he was throwing a hard but pretty straight 4 seamer it looked like to me….pitching up in the zone and appeared to be just going after K’s with the slider. His command isn’t that great so teams were just hammering him when he missed spots.

    whether it was an accident or somebody got in his ear when he went down or not….he has starting sinking the ball again and that’s just everything for him… makes him a totally different pitcher because 1) it makes him much harder to square up 2) command isn’t as crucial 3) he gets tons of ground balls and keeps the ball out of the gaps.

    If he can keep throwing 93-95 Mph sinkers with that good curveball then he’s a fixture in the rotation for a long time……we’ll see how it turns out…..2 starts in to his return though he looks like a new and improved version of what we saw in 2011.

  9. PacoDooley July 11th, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I honestly don’t see Pronk returning to form – was a risk to sign him, and there is a reason he was still available. I would be happy to see him DFA’d.

    In the mean time, Wells is hitting .500 for the month and seems to have his approach at the plate back to where it was early in the season. If he can avoid falling off a cliff again he can be productive since he is at least healthy.

  10. blake July 11th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    CBS New York ?@CBSNewYork 11m
    MLB Reportedly Looking Into Whether A-Rod Interfered In PED Probe

    Arod also has been implicated in global warming….oil spills, hurricane katrina, and the extinction of the dodo bird.

  11. MG July 11th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    blake, your comments about Nova are spot on-I posted about it on the game thread last night (and gave you full credit for saying this about his fastball)-if he keeps the fastball down and stays away from middle-in he is basically unhittable with that breaking ball.

    Every hit he gave up yesterday was on a fastball up in the zone and middle-in, that’s where he was pitching most of last year and earlier in the spring.

    He has the best stuff on the staff and can be a top of the rotation guy-the Yankees need to leave him there and constantly remind him about what works and what doesn’t…

  12. blake July 11th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Was this the same pitching machine that dominated Vern? Sounds like they might need a new one….this one is hexed.

  13. blake July 11th, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I’d like to know more about what happened when he was sent down…..because before his fastball was straight and very flat and often up in the zone…..he comes back and he’s throwing this heavy heavy mid 90s sinker that’s just impossible to get under when he keeps the ball in the lower 1/3…….was in an accident? Grip change? did a coach talk to him? I have to think somebody made an adjustment with him and enforced that he’s best when he’s sinking the ball……he’s a totally different pitcher when his fastball moves……

  14. PacoDooley July 11th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    blake July 11th, 2013 at 8:07 am
    Was this the same pitching machine that dominated Vern? Sounds like they might need a new one….this one is hexed.

    Indeed – Wells being dominated by the machine is one of the funnier quotes I have seen in recent years. Would have been worse if Pronk was HBP – at least fouling a ball off is less embarrassing.

    The A-Rod interference info is fascinating – thanks for the link.

  15. PacoDooley July 11th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Speaking of A-Rod and lengthy suspensions – how sad a comment on the state of Yankees baseball is it that I would rather see him get back into pinstripes and contributing than I would be to see him banned from baseball?

    That said, if he really was doing a lot to interfere, I would love to see him out of the game permanently. I will also enjoy the schadenfreude if Braun gets a lengthy suspension after his smug denials after a positive test (and being allowed to keep his MVP). I wonder what will happen to Melky after being suspended once and causing some embarrassment with his phony website attempt…

  16. Tackelberry July 11th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    If they can get a B level prospect for Joba, that’s a win

  17. Hubert Guerrera August 23rd, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Not clear on what you might have in mind, Laila. Can you give us some more information?

  18. Aliza Locy September 1st, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Is the fact an Interstate 12 Volt battery from the engine compartment? Surely it is actually not stock even though we have all witnessed several converted cars considering the fact that at one particular time finding a 6 Volt battery became challenging.

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