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Travis Hafner is back as the Cleveland Indians' designated hitter.
Cleveland activated Hafner from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, and manager Manny Acta put him in the No. 6 slot in the starting lineup against the Minnesota Twins.
Hafner had been sidelined since Aug. 6 with lower black inflammation, the latest in a series of ailments that have plagued the 35-year-old the past five years.
Hafner has been on the disabled list nine times in his big league career. He missed nearly five weeks after right knee surgery in May and hasn't had a full season since 2007.
Hafner has a .239 average with 11 homers and 32 RBIs in 60 games.
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At 7:33pm EST on Wednesday night, Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner took his first pitch since August 5, a curve ball that crossed right through the middle of the plate. Approximately two minutes later, he took a 90-mile-per-hour fastball off of his left elbow, proceeded to remove his at-bat armor and then slowly trot down the first base, barely-buttoned jersey and...
I love Twitter. I can honestly say it has changed my life. Its my one-stop shop for news, sports, and comedy. The beauty of Twitter is also that you can interact with others who are reading about the same subjects as you are if you so shall please. I think back to late May/early June when my Twitter timeline was FLOODED with Tribe fans asking me how the team could not be bringing...
Having taken some time off from the microblogging platform Twitter, citing personal attacks to him and his family, Cleveland Indians team president Mark Shapiro has returned to reconnect with fans.
Want to reconnect with all of you Tribe fans. Sorry for my absence, been a rough time for all & I stepped back to focus on leading the org
— Mark Shapiro (@MarkShapiro) September...
The Indians avoided a sweep today with an extra innings win over Minnesota.
Top 4th: Minnesota
- B. Revere scored on wild pitch
Bot 4th: Cleveland
- C. Kotchman singled to shallow right, J. Kipnis scored, C. Santana to second
- B. Lillibridge singled to left, C. Santana scored, C. Kotchman to second
Top 5th: Minnesota
- D. Span doubled to left...
Bot 1st: Cleveland
- A. Cabrera homered to deep right
Top 3rd: Minnesota
- J. Mauer singled to shallow center, D. Span scored, J. Carroll to third
- J. Willingham singled to left, J. Carroll scored, J. Mauer to second
Bot 3rd: Cleveland
- J. Kipnis singled to left, V. Rottino scored
Top 5th: Minnesota
- J. Willingham homered to deep left...
Cleveland Indians left-hander Rafael Perez has suffered a
setback while rehabbing a left shoulder injury and will be shut down for the
remainder of the season, reports Jordan Bastian of MLB.com:
LHP Rafael Perez (left lat) suffered setback with his shoulder. Acta said lefty will not pitch again this season.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 18, 2012
Roster Update: Travis Hafner has been activated from the disabled list and is in the lineup for tonight's game.
After some serious bumps in the road, former Phillies prospect Carlos Carrasco is headed back to full health and is focused on a successful future in the big leagues.
As a highly rated prospect in the Phillies’ organization, Carrasco once battled for an opening day roster spot with the Phils. During spring training 2009, the right-hander appeared in six games, posting a 2-2 record...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Casey Kotchman singled with the bases-loaded in the 10th inning, giving the Cleveland Indians a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.
Pinch-hitter Shin-Soo Choo doubled off the wall in left-center to start the inning against reliever Anthony Swarzak (3-5). Choo took third on Jason Kipnis' groundout before Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley were intentionally...
Casey Kotchman singled with the bases-loaded in the 10th inning, giving the Cleveland Indians a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.
Pinch-hitter Shin-Soo Choo doubled off the wall in left-center to start the inning against reliever Anthony Swarzak (3-5). Choo took third on Jason Kipnis' groundout before Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley were intentionally walked...
Continuing the series of Mets hypothetical trades, the Mets largest need is in regards to the outfield, both defensively and offensively. The Mets could look for a team that may be struggling, and looking to rebuild. Oh, hello Cleveland Indians I didn’t see you there.
The Indians are a team struggling, with a few rising everyday players but struggling at other positions. What...
Player of the Game
Casey Kotchman took home his 6th Player of the Game of the year with some late inning heroics. Kotchman had two singles, a double, two RBI and a run scored and was also tagged out at home when trying to score a second run. His final game score was 4.38. Every pitcher today had a positive score after a nice start by Corey Kluber (0.76). Esmil Rogers lead all relievers...
Player of the Game
With a meaningless home run after the game had already been lost, Carlos Santana won tonight's Player of the Game. He scored two of the Indians five runs and finished with a POG score of 3.45.
Rehab Update: The Indians announced today that Travis Hafner could return to the lineup as early as this week. He should immediately go back to his normal...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Josh Willingham had four hits and four RBIs, Liam Hendriks finally got his first career win and the Minnesota Twins beat Cleveland 6-4 Wednesday night, dropping the Indians into last place in the AL Central.
Willingham belted a tiebreaking two-run homer off Zach McAllister (5-8) in the fifth inning, giving Minnesota a 4-2 lead. He also had three singles.
Darin Mastroianni scored the go-ahead run from second base on an infield hit in a two-run 12th inning and the Minnesota Twins beat Cleveland 6-4 on Tuesday night, tying the Indians for fourth place in the AL Central.
Mastroianni singled with two outs and stole second off Scott Maine (1-1), the team-record 10th pitcher used by Cleveland. Alexi Casilla then poked a ball between first...