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Hafner's absence leaves Indians' offense lacking

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Notes, Quotes · Roster Report · Hafner's absence leaves Indians' offense lacking

The Indians knew they were going to miss Travis Hafner when he was placed on the disabled list. But perhaps they didn't realize how much they would miss him.

It's now apparent the Indians are going to miss Hafner even more than they expected. More evidence of that came Sunday as the Indians were shutout 7-0 by the Tampa Bay Rays. The Indians lost two of the three games they played in Tampa Bay, and in both of the losses the Indians failed to score a run.

Hafner was placed on the disabled list on May 20 with a right oblique strain, but he hasn't played in a game since May 17. With Hafner in the lineup, the Indians had a record of 26-13. Since he stopped playing, they are 5-6.

At the time of his injury, Hafner was off to his best start since 2007, He was hitting .345 with a .409 on base percentage. He was hitting .483 with runners in scoring position, and with the bases loaded he was hitting .667 (4-for-6).

Manager Manny Acta has used a variety of players in the DH role to replace Hafner. Shelley Duncan, Grady Sizemore, and Travis Buck have gotten the bulk of the DH at-bats. But none of them have provided the threat, or the production in the middle of the lineup that Hafner did, and the Indians' offense continues to struggle in his absence.

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