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MLB Injury News:
As expected, designated hitter Travis Hafner has become the 18th New York Yankee to hit the disabled list this season. YES Network's Jack Curry made the announcement Saturday afternoon:
Hafner is going on DL with shoulder injury.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) July 27, 2013
The Yankees officially made the move Sunday retroactive to July 27.
Hafner has a strain in his right rotator cuff. A Saturday MRI showed the strain significant enough to warrant a DL stint. Hafner had a terrific April, hitting .318 with 6 HR and 17 RBI, but his sore shoulder may have caused his production to fall off since then. He hit .179 in May and .174 in June with 6 HR and 18 RBI combined.
Hafner's return time is yet undetermined, but other injured Yankees are starting to get healthy, so the situtation is a little better than they have seen all season. The Yankees have gotten back Derek Jeter and acquired Alfonso Soriano, both of whom homered on Sunday. Curtis Granderson is expected back in a few days, giving the Yankees a left-handed power bat that they lost when Hafner went down. Jayson Nix and Alex Rodriguez (assuming he is not suspended) are also due back within a week.
Vernon Wells was the DH on Sunday against Rays' lefty Matt Moore. Soriano could get many at bats as the DH, but he played left field on Sunday.
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