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Travis Hafner could miss rest of season with bulging disk in back

Aug 10, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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Travis Hafner was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with what was described as lower back inflammation, but there’s a chance the injury could cost him the rest of the season.

According to Dennis Manoloff of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Indians head trainer Lonnie Soloff said this afternoon that Hafner is dealing with a bulging disk in his back. He is currently taking anti-inflammatory medication and was given an epidural injection today.

Hafner believes he’ll need a few weeks of treatment before his status for the rest of the season is decided, but he may have already taken his last at-bat as a member of the Indians. “Pronk” is in the final year of a four-year, $47 million contract which includes a $13 million option for 2013 or a $2.75 million buyout. Injuries have limited the 35-year-old to just 423 games since the start of the 2008 season, so he’ll almost certainly have to look for a new deal in free agency.

  1. onlyincleveland0316 - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Buh-bye and good riddance!

  2. rgledz - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Holy crap!! You’re telling me that Hafner is hurt??? I don’t believe you.

  3. hokiegajanisgod - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    See, he needs to go back on the juice*.

    He was a better player prior to PED testing.

    • Reflex - Aug 11, 2012 at 4:07 AM

      He was an even better player before he hit his mid-30’s. You know, the same as most players.

      • hokiegajanisgod - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        Right, just like ricky henderson, greg maddox, paul molitor etc.

        Don’t hate because he sucks without the juice*…look at how well guys like Bonds, Palmerio, Clemens did in their mid-30s when they were on the juice*

        oh, thats right, they test now; ‘Pronk’ sucks without his juice*. Hey he still made tons of $$$…no rings though.

  4. kappy32 - Aug 11, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    Really? Hafner injured? Why am I not minimally surprised about this?

  5. cur68 - Aug 11, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    That’s the worst. A bulging lumbar disk just isn’t funny, especially for a guy who power hits. Its painful to walk, sit or lie down. Swinging a bat with something like that isn’t going to be easy or likely to work well. Contrary to what certain movies will tell you having someone punch you in the spine to shove it back into place while hanging you by your armpits by a rope isn’t actually going to work, either. He needs to get that back looked after: its the DL for him the rest of this season and good luck to him next season, IMO.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      How the heck would you know? You play baseball? you ever even play organized sports of any kind? Doubtful you ever did yet you act as if you know what its like to have this injury and be a “power hitter”. You are as bad as proudly is who acts as if the jays GM calls him on the phone from time to time. Give it a break you know NOTHING

      • cur68 - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:51 AM

        6 months working in orthopedic surgery. Met any number of professional athletes. Good enough for you?

  6. somedaywewillbechamps - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    pretty sure he will be fine…front office is sure to give him a Grady-like 5mil + contract to use the teams equipment to rehab next year.

  7. allzeroes - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    baseballreference.com says he’s played in 60 games this year, that completely blows my mind. I would have guessed he hadn’t played in more than 10 all year.

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