Found September 19, 2012 on MLB Injury News:
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It was reported yesterday that designated hitter Travis Hafner could rejoin the Cleveland Indians lineup this week.  When Wednesday’s lineup was announced it became clear that not only would Hafner be available, but he was actually starting and batting sixth for the Tribe:
Sept 19 #Indians lineup: Choo RF Kipnis 2B Cabrera SS Santana CA Brantley CF Hafner DH Canzler 1B Chisenhall 3B Rottino LF McAllister P
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 19, 2012


Hafner has been out since August 5 due to a back injury.  The slugger also missed more than a month of action from the end of May to the beginning of July because of an injury.
When he has been healthy enough to play this season, Hafner’s been fairly productive for the Indians.  Over 201 at-bats, the 35-year-old has hit .239/.355/.453 with six doubles and 11 home runs.
The issue over the years has become the veteran’s inability to stay on the field.  Hafner has only played in more than 94 games once over the past five seasons and hasn’t registered more than 400 at-bats any of those years.
Because of his age and injury history, Cleveland is expectedto buyout the final year of Hafner’s contract this offseason.  He owns a career line of .278/.382/.508 over 11 seasons at the major league level.
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