CLEVELAND: Indians officials aren't sure when Travis Hafner can come off the disabled list, but even if it's only the minimum 15 days, it might be too late.
“”All I can say for now is that he’ll be on the DL for 15 days, and we’ll go from there,’’ manager Manny Acta said. “”Fifteen days at this point is a lot for us.’’
With the Tribe 4 1/2 games behind Central Divison-leading Detroit, 15 days without Hafner will seem like an eternity for a lineup that already has been depleted by injuries. Grady Sizemore remains on the DL, though it was announced today that he will go on a rehab assignment next week; Jason Kipnis won't come off the DL for at least another two weeks, and Shin-Soo Choo missed tonight's game to be with his wife, who went into labor this afternoon.
Hafner is out with a strained right foot, similar to the injury that cost him five games at the end of April and begining of May. He reinjured the foot Sunday, running out a base hit in the eighth inning against the Tigers.
Who will take Hafner's place at DH?
“”Matt LaPorta will be the DH tonight,’’ Acta said, “”We’ll just rotate some of these guys, and Shelley Duncan is coming back soon. I think tomorrow.’’ Duncan has been on emergency family medical list since Saturday.
Instead of calling up a position player to take Hafner’s spot on the roster, the Tribe summoned reliever Josh Judy from Columbus.
“”We have a doubleheader tomorrow and our bullpen has pitched a lot,’’ General Manager Chris Antonetti said.
Judy is 6-2 with 21 saves (in 26 chances) and a 3.45 earned-run average in 45 appearances in Triple-A. In two brief stints with the Tribe, he gave up one run and four hits in four innings, striking out four.