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Back injury sends Travis Hafner to the disabled list again

Aug 9, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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After missing the past three games with a back injury Travis Hafner is headed to the disabled list for the second time this season, as the Indians placed the designated hitter on the shelf and filled his roster spot with infielder Jason Donald.

Hafner spent all of June on the DL following knee surgery and has hit just .238 since returning, although he did show good power with five homers in 69 at-bats.

Hafner remains a productive hitter at age 35, sporting an OPS above .800 for the fourth straight season, but he simply can’t stay in the lineup at this point while playing 57, 94, 118, 94 and now 60 games in the past five seasons.

  1. hokiegajanisgod - Aug 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Maybe if he goes back on the juice* he’ll get back on his game?

    *pure speculation

    • ezthinking - Aug 9, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      *Pure dickhead comment – of that I’m certain.

      • hokiegajanisgod - Aug 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

        The only dickhead is the person who doesn’t look at Hafner’s numbers and injuries AFTER extensive drug testing began.

        Take a look if you can read…you fool.

        On second thought, even the juice won’t help revive his decline…next stop for ol’ Travis = the independent league 😉

  2. latchbeam - Aug 9, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Pronk is a great guy, but he spends about as much time on the disabled list as Grady Sizemore!

  3. bigleagues - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Wait! I didn’t realize that Hafner wasn’t already on the DL.

    Reportedly you can send him fanmail there . . .

    Travis Hafner
    Disabled List

    That’s all that’s needed for the USPS to find him.

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