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Travis Hafner on DL, out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

May 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Hafner will have his knee scoped tomorrow and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, the Indians announced.

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Travis Hafner has missed the past six games with a sore right knee and this morning the Indians placed him on the disabled list, calling up left-hander Scott Barnes from Triple-A to fill his roster spot.

Hafner has been able to swing a bat despite the injury, but even the limited amount of running required for a designated hitter is too much, forcing him to the disabled list for the sixth time in four seasons.

It’s a shame too, because Hafner remains a productive player throughout all the health problems. He hadn’t hit for a good batting average, the 35-year-old has six homers and the ninth-most walks in the league on the way to an OPS above .800 for the ninth time in 10 full seasons.

It’s unclear who’ll see most of the DH action with Hafner out, as so far the Indians have used six different players there in the six games he missed.

  1. 69jaredallen69 - May 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Justin Morneau can be had from Twins for a few batting practice balls and a DVD of Major League 1 & 2

    • Tim OShenko - May 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      Actually, Morneau’s finally back on the field fairly regularly, and hitting quite well. You want Morneau, you’ll need to throw in a few pitching machines so that the Twins can replenish their starting rotation.

  2. bsbiz - May 30, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    At this point, couldn’t we just rename the Disabled List (DL) the Hafner List (HL)?

    • Kevin Gillman - May 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      That’s name after Grady Sizemore.

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