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By: T.J. Zuppe
Cleveland was dealt some more bad news Wednesday morning when Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an injury to a damaged meniscus in his right knee.
It was announced by Indians' head trainer Lonnie Soloff that Hafner is expected to miss four-to-six weeks. Hafner will be undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right-knee to repair the damaged meniscus on Thursday.
Hafner joins the likes of catcher Carlos Santana and third-baseman Jack Hannahan, who were recently put on the shelf because of injury.
The Tribe DH’s move to the DL was a bit surprising considering he was available off the bench to hit Tuesday according to manager Manny Acta. Hafner appeared he was getting closer to returning to the lineup and was mostly confident a trip to the DL was not going to be necessary.
Pronk has missed the previous six games after fouling a pitch off his right leg in Wednesday’s game against Detroit. Soloff said that the foul ball is not related to the meniscus issue.
He is currently hitting .242 with six home runs and 23 runs driven in.
This is his eighth career trip to the disabled list.
To give Acta some much needed depth in his bullpen, the Indians recalled left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes from Class-AAA Columbus. The 24-year old hurler is 0-2 with an ERA of 3.81 in 11 games with the Clippers.
Barnes was originally acquired by the Tribe in 2009 in a deal that sent first-baseman Ryan Garko to the San Francisco Giants. He will wear uniform number 51.
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