An MRI on Tuesday revealed that Yankees designated hitter Travis Hafner has tendinitis in his right shoulder, but it shouldn't keep the slugger out for more than another day or two.
"It came out as good as we could have hoped for," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the Yankees' 4-3 win over Seattle on Tuesday. "He's going to be OK."
Girardi said the Yankees might have Hafner available Wednesday, but the slugger said he thought the plan was for him to return Thursday in the series finale.
"(The MRI) showed some inflammation in the shoulder, got an (cortisone) injection in it," Hafner said. "Hopefully that clears it up and should be good to go in a couple of days."
Hafner believes his injury stems from being hit by a pitch in the shoulder against Houston on April 29. It bothered him a couple of days later on his follow-through and has hung around since. He played in the first game of Monday's doubleheader but has missed the last two games.
The injury-prone veteran has faced shoulder issues before, but he said this is different from the other injuries. Hafner is batting .260 and has six home runs with 18 RBIs in 32 games.
"This is inflammation so hopefully it's nothing serious," Hafner said Tuesday. "Hopefully [I'm] back here in a couple of days."
"It's the same. Every start is the same," Sabathia said of the duel. "It's fun to pitch against him but I don't treat it any different."
While both pitchers received a no-decision, Sabathia had the worse night of the two as he gave up 10 hits and three runs in 6⅓ innings. Sabathia did strikeout 10, but he left with the Yankees down 3-1 and needed the Yankees to rally to take him off the hook.
Sabathia gave up a season-high 10 hits to one of baseball's weakest lineups but managed to keep it close by limiting the damage. Only two of the runs against Sabathia were earned.
"I thought his slider was pretty good tonight, I thought his changeup was decent, I thought he made some really good pitches when he had to," Girardi said. "He kept us in the game and kept us close, gave up the two earned runs. I thought he pitched pretty good."
CLARITY: In the fourth inning, Lyle Overbay reached due to interference from Hernandez, as the starter was standing on the bag as the first baseman approached.
On a grounder to second, Seattle first baseman Kendrys Morales and Hernandez both went to the bag. Morales caught the ball, but Hernandez stood in front of the bag and obstructed Overbay's path, with the first baseman softly colliding into him.
While Overbay was originally ruled out, the umpires huddled and changed the ruling to interference and awarded him first. Home plate umpire Jerry Layne said after the game that any time a player is obstructed before reaching first, the ball is dead and he's awarded first.