Hafner won't play the field on nine-game NL road trip

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Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner hasn’t played first base since 2007 and that’s not likely to change anytime soon.  According to John Barone of MLB.com, the one they call “Pronk” will be limited to pinch-hitting duties during the Tribe’s upcoming nine-game interleague road trip.

The expedition through National League ballparks begins Friday, when the Indians open a three-game series against the Pirates.  The club will travel from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia for a three-game set, then it’s off to Cincinnati to wrap things up.  Hafner may get around nine at-bats over that span, if he’s lucky.

“It wouldn’t be fair to him,” manager Manny Acta said on the topic of Hafner possibly playing the field. “What are we going to do? Hit
him one million grounders today so he’ll be ready tomorrow? He doesn’t
get defensive work.”

Hafner entered Thursday hitting .258/.372/.438 with eight home runs and 26 RBI over 194 at-bats.  He’s 9-for-24 with two doubles, four homers and eight RBI over his past eight games.  A prolonged hot streak will have to wait.

Angels acquire Jabari Blash from the Yankees

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The Yankees announced on Wednesday that the club traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Blash, 28, was acquired by the Yankees from the Padres back in December in the Chase Headley trade. In trading Blash to the Angels, the Yankees were able to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Brandon Drury, the infielder they acquired as part of a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Rays on Tuesday.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Blash has hit an underwhelming .200/.323/.336 in 279 plate appearances. He will try to play his way into a bench role for the Angels this spring.