Travis Hafner Injury: Indians Activate DH From Disabled List

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Travis Hafner Activated By Cleveland Indians

In the early part of the year, the Cleveland Indians were rolling. They were the surprise of baseball. Part of that spring juggernaut was designated hitter Travis Hafner, who hit .345/.409/.549 over 113 at-bats, giving the Indians a hope that he could return to his 2006 form rather than the perfectly acceptable, if a little dull, performances of the past couple of seasons.

An oblique tweak shut Hafner down, though, and after he went on the DL, the Indians went 9-16. Obviously the loss of Hafner can't completely explain the slide, but it sure didn't help that the Indians suddenly didn't have a DH hitting like one of the better DHs in the league. But now they can fell a little bit better, as Hafner is back from the DL. Just in time for that National League road trip next week! But for six games, the Indians are home, and Hafner is in the lineup and hitting cleanup against the Pirates tonight.

To make room on the roster, the Indians sent Travis Buck down to triple-A.

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Travis Hafner Injury: Indians DH Close To Rehab Assignment

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner, who has been on the disabled list since May 20, may be close to returning to the lineup, says Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.

Hafner suffered an oblique injury in a game against the Royals on May 17. At the time of the injury, it was estimated that Hafner would be out three to four weeks; as of today, it would be four weeks, so he may be a little behind schedule as to his return to the major leagues.

According to Bastian, Hafner’s rehab would be at Double-A Akron, possibly starting today; no length of the rehab assignment has been established. It’s clear, though, that the Tribe misses Hafner’s bat. He was hitting .345/.409/.549 with 5 HR and 22 RBI in 113 at-bats when the injury occurred; the Indians were 26-13 and in first place by five games after that May 17 game.

Since then the Tribe has gone 9-16. They’ll welcome Hafner back to the lineup as soon as he’s ready.

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Travis Hafner Injury: Oblique Tweak Sends DH To DL

The Cleveland Indians, already smarting from the loss of Grady Sizemore to a knee injury, now must cope with the loss of designated hitter Travis Hafner, who has a strained right oblique muscle. Hafner sustained the injury at some point after his 2-for-4 performance on Tuesday, and while he was considered day-to-day on Thursday, the Indians decided to put him on the DL when they returned to Cleveland, and he should be out three to four weeks.

Hafner was off to a fantastic start, hitting .345/.409/.549, and was one of the hot hitters responsible for the Indians' hot start, just like Sizemore. To replace Hafner -- and utility infielder Luis Valbuena, who was demoted today -- on the 25-man roster, the Indians have recalled outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and reliever Frank Herrmann.

Carlos Santana, Matt LaPorta, Shelley Duncan, Travis Buck, Michael Brantley, and, uh, Adam Everett have all seen time at DH this year, so it's possible that one or two of them will take over for Hafner. Carrera was hitting .317/.401/.423 at triple-A Columbus this season, so he might get some of Hafner's at-bats as well.

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