Yankees activate Hafner from 60-day DLVeteran slugger expected to be used as pinch hitter over last few games
Hafner, who has hit .205 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI this season, went on the disabled list on June 27 with what the team termed a right rotator cuff strain, and Wednesday was the first day he was eligible to be reinstated.
He was not in the starting lineup Wednesday against Rays lefty David Price, but manager Joe Girardi said he wouldn't hesitate to use "Pronk" as a pinch-hitter if needed.
Hafner's reinstatement did, however, prompt a question about the status of Alex Rodriguez, who has been the designated hitter for now 13 straight games after being removed from Sept. 10 win in Baltimore with tightness in his legs - and Girardi's responses intimated that pinch-hitting might be Hafner's only role in this final week.
"I don't necessarily plan on making any changes, no," he said, adding that he would "continue to put (Eduardo Nunez) out there (at third base) for now."