The New York Yankees are in the process of receiving some of their injured stars back in the coming weeks. Yet, that won't stop the injury bug from biting the team.
Each day this week, manager Joe Girardi has hinted at the return of Travis Hafner. He did not pinch hit in the series against the Mariners, but if he does well before tonight's game the designated hitter would be available to pinch hit. (Via Joel Sherman of the New York Post)
Starting pitcher Andy Pettitte's status for his next start is yet to be determined. There will not be a trip to the disabled list for the southpaw.
The Yankees' catching depth is already dwindling with Francisco Cervelli on the 60-day disabled list and Christ Stewart's availability is day-to-day with a groin injury. Girardi plans on using him in emergency cases for the next few days. An MRI returned clean.
Infielder Alberto Gonzalez, who also pitched on Tuesday night, would assume the third string catcher's role. Bobby Wilson is at Triple-A, but not on the 40-man roster. He is hitting .174 for the Scranton Railriders.