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Hafner out at least 15 days, might need surgery

By Sheldon Published: August 23, 2011

  CLEVELAND: There's a reasonable chance that Travis Hafner will miss more than 15 days with a foot injury,  and he will be finished for the season if he neeeds surgery.

  ""Travis has a strained tendon on the plantar (bottom) aspect of his right foot,'' head trainer Lonnie Soloff said this morning. ""He is currently wearing a walking boot. We're in the process of seeking other medical opinions on the best course of treatment. He will be out at least 15 days, and it could be longer.''

   Asked if Hafner might end up having surgery, Soloff said, ""That could be.''

   Hafner  injured the foot running the bases after he singled in the eighth inning of Sunday's loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park.  In reality, this is a recurrence of an injury he incurred  in late April.

   Soloff said it is the same injury but more severe. Hafner missed five games the first time, returning on May 4.


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