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Hafner out of lineup, sore shoulder

NEW YORK -- Yankees designated hitter Travis Hafner is not in Saturday's lineup after injuring a shoulder during Friday's game against the Rays.

He was scheduled to have an MRI on Saturday morning. It remains to be seen if he will be available off the bench.

Hafner went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Friday's 10-6 loss to Tampa Bay.

"I was told after his last at-bat," manager Joe Girardi said Saturday, when asked when Hafner suffered the injury. "He has not complained of a shoulder, he has not been getting treatment really on his shoulder, so I don’t know if it was one swing yesterday, or what. But it leads me to believe it was one swing."

Hafner, 36, has been injury-prone in recent years, playing in less than 100 games in four of the past five seasons. In 81 games this year, he is batting .205 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs.

He is typically the Yankees' starting DH when they face a right-hander, as they will on Saturday -- Tampa Bay rookie Chris Archer (5-3, 2.76 ERA).

Instead, the newly acquired Alfonso Soriano will be the Yankees' DH, and Vernon Wells will start in left field.