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Travis Hafner to undergo MRI exam on injured right ankle

Apr 29, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

Travis Hafner AP

Travis Hafner‘s strong start is on hold after the designated hitter was scratched from last night’s lineup with right ankle soreness and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that he’ll undergo an MRI exam today.

Hafner has missed an average of 72 games per season during the past three years, but most of his health problems have been shoulder-related and he’s looked healthy while hitting .342 with four homers, five doubles, and a .959 OPS through 21 games.

Shelley Duncan started in Hafner’s place yesterday and homered in four at-bats as the Indians swept the Royals to improve to an AL-best 16-8.

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