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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