(Courtesy of Reuters)
(Originally published at IIATMS/TYA)
When two of the defining storylines of your team's Spring Training are "lack of power" and "injuries" and Travis Hafner is on your team, it's more than reasonable to expect that he's going to factor heavily into those stories. After all, his calling card at the plate is power and you can pretty much set your watch to him pulling, tearing, or spraining something. That hasn't really been the case for the Yankees so far this month, as Hafner hasn't been a presence in the lineup so much as a name on the lineup card. To be honest, I kind of forgot he was even in camp with the team, what with the lack of power and the fact that he's still walking around without limping.
Believe it or not, Hafner is in camp and has actually been playing in games. He just hasn't done much in those games. Hafner is just 4-29 this spring, with a single solitary home run and an even dozen strikeouts. He's still somewhat of a presence in the lineup with four walks, but after Teix and C-Grand went down he became a much more critical part of that lineup. As of this morning he hasn't given much of an indication that he's ready to be that critical part of the lineup and that's a tad unsettling.