Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner will need arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Hafner was hobbled during last week's sweep of the Tigers and did not make the trip to Chicago for the weekend series against the White Sox. Before Tuesday night's game against the Royals, he did take batting practice and did some running in the outfield. All reports indicated that he looked fine during the running drills and he appeared to be on the mend.
But Wednesday morning the Tribe announced that he was headed to the 15-day DL and that reliever Scott Barnes had been called up to help out a shorthanded and overworked bullpen. Then Hafner told Jordan Bastian he would likely need a scope and would be on the shelf longer. The club confirmed the news shortly thereafter:
Travis Hafner will have arthroscopic surgery tomorrow on his right knee to repair damaged meniscus. Expected recovery is 4 to 6 weeks— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 30, 2012
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