Posted on: August 15, 2010 12:40 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 4:52 pm
Travis Hafner is off the disabled list, but that doesn't mean the Indians have stopped worrying about their designated hitter.
According to Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Terry Pluto, the Indians are concerned about Hafner's right shoulder. Hafner has had issues with the problem each of the last three seasons. Writes Pluto , "The Indians aren't saying much about Travis Hafner's latest trip to the disabled list, but there is real concern. He's having the same problems -- weakness and inflammation in his surgically repaired shoulder. He is working to come back again."
Hafner is signed for $13 million in each of the next two seasons with a club option for the same amount in 2013. This season, Hafner's played in 82 games, hitting .267/.368/.430 with nine home runs and 33 RBI. He hasn't played 100 games since 2007, which is coincidently when he signed his extension through 2012. At 33, he's far from guaranteed to return to his 2006 form, when he hit 42 homers and left the American League with a 1.097 OPS.
To make room for Hafner -- who was placed on the DL on Aug. 3 -- the Indians optioned outfielder Jordan Brown to Triple-A Columbus.
UPDATE: Hafner hit a grand slam in the Indians' 9-1 victory over Seattle.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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