Travis Hafner scratched from today’s game with “general stiffness”

Exhibition Game Thread: West Point
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3:56pm: Joe Girardi said during the YES Network’s in-game interview that there is no concern about Hafner on his part. They’re just playing it safe.

2:06pm: Travis Hafner has been scratched from this afternoon’s game against Army with what the Yankees are calling “general stiffness.” I’m guessing the team is just being cautious so close to opening day, but Hafner’s lengthy injury history means every little bump and bruise is worth monitoring. We’ll probably find out more after the game.

Exhibition Game Thread: West Point
Open Thread: 3/30 Camp Notes
  • MB923

    He probably wouldn’t even have been in the starting lineup on opening day since Lester is pitching. Maybe limited to pinch hitting at best. And then start on Wednesday against Clay.

  • Mike HC

    I just assumed “general stiffness” was his de facto condition.

  • Laz

    Lets hope he gets healthy. Ny is depending on a healthy Hafner. Him Youk, and Cano are going to be the big bats at the start of the season.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I can understand how a massive erection could interfere with one’s regular batting stance.

    • jjyank

      Or a bag of them.

      • Travis L.

        One of the funniest lines I’ve ever read on here. I cried. Twice.

        • Travis L.

          Shit…I meant, the original joke. Damnit…

          • jjyank

            I got it, no worries.

            This meme shall forever live in infamy.

    • Yankblues

      At least we know the testosterone is working

  • dkidd

    i prefer general stiffness to sergeant sprain and lieutenant ligament tear

    right? right? cause we’re at west point?

    i’ll be here all week!

    • Travis L.


  • johnnybk

    Sounds like a hangover

  • Pseudoyanks (formerly Who hates bunts more? Axisa or Earl Weaver?)

    I scratched my general stiffness today too.

    I’ve changed my name. With the site forcing us to sign in every time we pull it up, I needed a short name. Pseudoyanks FTW.

    • The Big City of Dreams


    • GreenArm

      oh snap, i asked this question in a couple of other threads but got no answers. hahaha not about your stiffness and scratching though, sorry bud.

      so you DO have to sign in every time? and by that you just mean type in your information when you reply, right? there’s not a catch all sign in so it recognizes you every time you comment after that?

      thanks for your help man. (or maybe your potential answer already)

  • Pete

    “General Stiffness”. “The General”. Not bad nicknames. But if Jeter is Captain Clutch, I kind of like “General Geritol”.

  • Scott

    Tangential Q re Hafner: how does BBREF show him having NEGATIVE dWAR for the past five years when he hasn’t played the field at all? At DH, how can his defense have lost his team 3.8 more games than a replacement player would? I’m certain I’m just missing something about what dWAR means, but I can’t see what.

    • vicki

      i’m going to say positional adjustment built into the metric. edgar martinez was negative in years he only dh’d too.

      sometimes numbers do lie.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      dWAR is position adjusted. So is oWAR. That’s why the sum of oWAR and dWAR doesn’t come out to the WAR.

  • General Stiffness

    I don’t know why I had to be scratched. Hafner was the one who killed the hooker, but he hides it in my trunk and we both get benched…freakin Joe, he’s a tough boss man.

  • Josh

    Totally read the title as ‘genital stiffness’… Was very confused.

  • MannyGeee

    “General Stiffness” will be my name should I ever go into ‘Film’.