The New York Yankees are getting their second member of the two-man committee in the DH slot in the powerful Travis Hafner, who is back in the Yankees lineup after missing the previous four games with shoulder tendinitis. Hafner was actually available to pinch-hit in yesterday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, but there wasn’t much of an opportunity for the left-handed batter to get involved with notable southpaw Mark Buehrle getting the start yesterday. Hafner consistently progressed throughout the week, and he was expected to be fully available today.
It was Yankees NJ.com beat writer Andy McCullough who informed us by tweeting out the lineup, which includes both Vernon Wells and Hafner. The Yankees usually use both players at DH, and it will be Hafner who gets the nod with Wells manning left field in today’s game against the Blue Jays. Starting on the mound in Toronto? Brandon Morrow.
Hafner has been playing very well this season with a .383 OBP and a .510 slugging percentage, and that .893 OPS in total is all you can ask for out of the veteran DH. He has been even better than expected for the Yankees this season, and they sorely needed that due to the critical injuries the Yankees have suffered this season. One Twitter follower joked in response to McCullough’s tweet about the Yanks lineup today that it is the most talented lineup the team has trotted out this season.