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Hafner shoulder soreness flairs up again

By Sheldon Published: May 30, 2009

   Travis Hafner again was stymied from continuing his rehab assignment Saturday night at Columbus because of a sore shoulder. ¶
   When it came time for him to bat in the first inning, Tony Graffanino pinch hit and struck out. ¶
   Before the Indians played the Yankees, manager Eric Wedge said, ""Hafner is a little sore today, so we'll see how that works out tonight for him and go from there. He has until Wednesday to finish his rehab assignment.'' ¶
   Hafner underwent surgery to repair his right shoulder last October. He went through spring training without suffering a setback and began the season in the lineup. However, Hafner's shoulder began to hurt, and he went on the disabled list April 29. ¶
   He was expected to be activated before the end of his 20-day rehabilitation assignment, but his back began to ache last week and he returned to Cleveland for two days. He resumed playing in Columbus on Thursday, with the idea of appearing in three games at DH then being activated. ¶
   Wedge was confident that Hafner would return to the Columbus lineup today. ¶
  ""More than likely, he'll play tomorrow,'' the manager said. ¶
    GRADY STUCK AS DH? -- How long will Grady Sizemore be limited to designated hitter duty because of his sore left elbow? ¶
   ""I talked to Grady today,'' Wedge said. ""It definitely feels better because he's been staying away from (throwing) the baseball. So we'll still play it day by day. ¶
   ""Basically, there are three choices: He goes back to playing center field, continues to DH or he goes on the disabled list.'' ¶
   The possibility of Sizemore landing on the DL had not been mentioned before. ¶
   PERALTA POWER FAILURE -- Going into Saturday night's game against the Yankees, Jhonny Peralta had only one home run, compared to 11 for the first two months of last season. ¶
   ""I just think he's been struggling early offensively,'' Wedge said. ""The power is still in there. He's hitting the ball the other way, so I think we'll be seeing good things happen soon.'' ¶
   LOSING A SPOT -- When it comes their time to make a choice, the Indians will have the 15th rather than the 14th pick in the draft that runs from June 9-11. ¶
   ""Because Washington failed to sign their first pick last year, they get the ninth pick and we were pushed down one spot,'' explained Brad Grant, director of minor-league scouting, who will conduct the draft for the Tribe. ""We have the 63rd (overall) pick in the second round then the 14th in every round after that.'' ¶
   Television has altered the format of the draft this year, with the first three rounds scheduled to be aired on the MLB network beginning at 6 p.m. June 9. The next 20 rounds will take place June 10 and the final 27 the next day. ¶
   Grant said the strength of the draft is pitching depth, though he did not suggest that Cleveland has singled out pitching as its draft day priority. ¶
   FARM FACTS -- Chris Gimenez hit his sixth home run of the season, doubled and singled, but Columbus lsot 13-2 to Norfolk. *elip Cord Phelps hit his first homer of the year, driving in two runs, in Kinston's 5-2 win over Salem. Lonnie Chisenhall had two hits, and Paolo Espino (1-1, 1.13 ERA) gave up two runs and three hits in seven innings. *elip Abner Abreu lifted his average to .290 with his fifth home run of the season and two singles, as Lake County defeated Greensboro 5-1.  -- Sheldon Ocker ¶


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