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Optimistically, Hafner out three to four weeks

By Sheldon Published: May 20, 2011

CLEVELAND: Travis Hafner underwent an MRI exam today that showed a strained oblique that will keep him out of the lineup for several weeks.

""We're anticipating that he'll be out three to four weeks,'' manager Manny Acta said this afternoon.

Asked if that was an optimistic assessment, Acta said, ""I'm always optimistic, so three to four weeks is optimistic.''

Oblique strains have kept other Tribe players off the active roster from four to six weeks. If Hafner's injury prevents him from playing for six weeks, he won't be missed toward the end of his stay on the disabled list, because Cleveland plays nine games in a row at National League ballparks from June 24-July 3. Designated hitters cannot be used at NL venues.

Travis Buck remained unavailable tonight because of turf toe, but he probably can be used on Saturday. Orlando Cabrera was back in the lineup after missing Thursday night's game because he was in South Carolina being sworn in as a U.S. citizen.

Frank Herrmann was called up to take the place of long reliever Justin Germano, who was designated for assignment Thursday. Acta said both Herrmann and Chad Durbin could fill the job of long reliever, though they will perform other roles as well.

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