New York Yankees Must Be Thankful for Travis Hafner

By Andy Schmidt
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

It was expected that the New York Yankees would have a rough season with the loss of many of their top stars due to injuries. However, the Yankees surprised through the month of April with a 16-10 record, and that has been aided by the resurgence of Travis Hafner.

Hafner has started the season with a .318 average, six home runs and 17 RBIs for the Yankees as he rebuilds his career. There is no doubt he will remain in the lineup, but how much longer can he keep this up?

There have been injury problems with Hafner during most of his career and he has played in over 100 games just once over the last five seasons. I would have to believe that was a major reason why the Cleveland Indians decided to let him go in the offseason.

He has found new life in the Bronx though, just like Vernon Wells has. Hafner is even on pace to have his best batting average since 2006 if he can keep batting the way he has through the first month.

I bet the Yankees couldn’t be happier that Hafner has picked up the slack. I don’t think he’ll be able to keep this up though. He may get through the first half healthy, but he hasn’t proved he can stay healthy for a full season in a long time. The injury bug will hit at some point and end this magical ride.

I hope it doesn’t, but I’m just going with the facts. The Yankees will enjoy this for as long as it goes on.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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