Designated hitter Travis Hafner took full batting practice Tuesday before the Indians game two matchup against the Kansas City Royals. The DH also did some running in the outfield, which is an encouraging sign for his imminent return. But manager Manny Acta did say he would hold Hafner out at least one more day, with the North Dakota slugger missing his sixth straight game. Acta did indicate that Pronk would be available off the bench if he's absolutely needed. Via Daryl Ruiter:
Manny Acta said Hafner still day to day but available off the bench tonight ifneeded— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) May 29, 2012
Hafner is dealing with a sore right knee, which hobbled him last week in the middle of the Tribe's sweep of the Tigers. He did not make the trip with the team to Chicago for their series against the White Sox and a trip to the DL was a possibility. Now it looks like he's on the mend and should return to the lineup this week.
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