The Cleveland Indians didn't have much time with Travis Hafner back in the lineup. The team's designated hitter saw himself on the disabled list from May 24 to July 4 after getting arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, and now he's on it again. According to The Plain Dealer, the Indians have placed him on the 15-day disabled list again:
The Cleveland Indians have placed designated hitter Travis Hafner on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 6, with lower back inflammation.
As noted above, it's retroactive to Aug. 6, so he would be eligible to return on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Hafner has been playing well when he's in the lineup: hitting .239 with 32 RBI and 11 home runs in 60 games. He missed the past two games with this minor back injury, so the Indians are able to back-date it as they've done.
Hafner recently came off of the Paternity List, where he was excused for a few days, so the team had just got him back. It's been a run of bad luck for the Indians, who just can't seem to keep up with other teams right now, as they're losers in 11 of their last 12 games. They've been out-scored 97-42 over those 12 games.
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