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Hafner to DL, Thome rumors sure to ramp up

Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:28 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner pulled up lame Sunday after a single and had to leave the game immediately after being tagged out. He was diagnosed with a strained right foot and Monday the Indians put him on the disabled list (Jordan Bastian via Twitter).

Hafner, 34, has continued to be plagued by injuries, as he hasn't played more than 120 games since 2007. He's hitting .281/.364/.448 in 82 games this season with 11 home runs.

The timing of this injury creates quite a bit of interest in the trade market. Former Indians DH Jim Thome hit waivers Monday, so teams have 48 hours to get their claims in. Considering Thome's name goes through the American League first, and in reverse order of record, the Indians have a very good shot at Thome, if they want him. The list of the teams possibly interested in Thome includes members of the NL or AL teams with a better record than the 62-61 Indians.

The Indians trail the Tigers by 4 1/2 games in the AL Central, after having been swept in Detroit this past weekend. Still, there's more than a month left in the season. Barring a trade, the Indians are left grabbing DH's from the group of bench players that includes: Jason Donald, Jack Hannahan, Shelley Duncan (if he returns to the team from his leave of absence) or a host of other uninspiring names.

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Hafner to DL, Thome rumors sure to ramp up

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Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2011 2:28 am
 

Hafner to DL, Thome rumors sure to ramp up

Unbelievable how many injuries this team has had the last two seasons.  Who is in chrage of training and conditioning on this team anyways? 

With Hafner out (once again) Cleveland should do the right thing and bring Jim Thome back to play at the Jake (errr... Progressive Field).  I realize most Indians fans still harbor a deep grudge against Thome ever since he left for Philly back in 2002, but get over it people... this guy is first ballot hall of famer who could help the Indians lineup in Hafner's absence.  In all likihood, this team will still not make the playoffs, but at least management can say they did everything possible to give their team a chance.


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