Designated hitter Travis Hafner of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
2 Total Updates since May 30, 2012
11 months ago Update 1 comment
Recent estimates of the time players will spend on the disabled list after various surgeries have turned out to be quite accurate.
DH Travis Hafner activated from DL. Shelley Duncan not listed. No official word but assuming he’s on paternity leave (twin boys on the way).
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) July 4, 2012
If the report on Duncan turns out to be the move, hje can be gone for up to a week on the newly-created paternity list. After he returns, another roster move will need to be made. Hafner is in the Indians’ starting lineup for their 4:05 p.m. ET game Wednesday against the Angels, batting cleanup.
12 months ago Update 0 comments
Now, there’s worse news:
Travis Hafner will have arthroscopic surgery tomorrow on his right knee to repair damaged meniscus. Expected recovery is 4 to 6 weeks
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 30, 2012
The Indians do have other options at designated hitter; one of them is Johnny Damon, who will, in fact, DH for the Tribe in their afternoon game Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals. Damon, who was the Rays’ regular DH most of 2011, might be Cleveland’s best hope for keeping some offensive production out of that spot, although he has hit poorly — just .152/.239/.228 in 79 at-bats — since joining the Indians on May 2.
So it goes. Seems as if there have been many more injuries than usual this year, doesn’t it?