Originally written July 11, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
The New York Yankees are on the brink of getting their captain and shortstop Derek Jeter back from injury. The way the team’s season has gone, it should be no surprise to see New York lose a pair of starters just before activating another, and that’s exactly what happened last night. Designated hitter Travis Hafner and outfielder Brett Gardner left last night’s contest early due to injuries, and both players are considered day to day, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Hafner left the game in the sixth inning with a bruise on his left foot. Gardner suffered his an inning later, a right leg bruise. X-rays were negative for both players. The injury Hafner sustained occurred in the batting cages beneath Yankee Stadium. While the veteran was taking practice cuts, he fouled a ball off his left foot at some point during the fifth or sixth inning. "I just turned it up as high as it goes, like 95 or 100 [mph], and the ball moves all over the place," Hafner said. "One ball just took off. I foul tipped it and squared up my foot pretty good." Hafner indicated that he wouldn’t turn the machine up the whole way again, and he’s unlikely to use it during games anymore. Manager Joe Girardi told reporters that it was a freak thing, adding that he doesn’t usually get summoned to the cage because someone’s suffered an injury. Gardner suffered his injury when he was hit by a pitch from Kansas City Royals reliever J.C. Gutierrez in the sixth inning. He remained in the game to play the field in the top of the seventh before Alberto Gonzalez replaced him. While Girardi didn’t consider either injury to be serious, he said the players’ status for today’s game isn’t clear. This will be determined once they arrive at the park and the Yankees can evaluate the damage and their recovery. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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