CHICAGO: Travis Hafner got hit in the knee with a pitch Wednesday night and was given Thursday night off, making room for Johnny Damon to take over at designated hitter.
“Hafner is OK, but he could use a day off,” manager Manny Acta said. “He was moving around a little differently today. He’s lucky he got to jog around the bases a couple of times.”
Hafner was on base when Carlos Santana homered in the fifth inning, and Hafner went deep in the ninth to treat himself to another slow trot around the bases.
JUST HIS LUCK — Shin-Soo Choo was trying to scrape the rust off his swing Wednesday night when he returned to the lineup after missing a week with a tight hamstring.
As luck would have it, he came to the plate twice with the bases loaded and struck out both times.
“It never fails,” Acta said. “It just adds to the pressure [when the bases are loaded].”
ROSTER MOVE — Jose Lopez, designated for assignment to make room for Damon, cleared waivers Thursday and was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus.
FARM FACTS — Zach McAllister (3-1, 2.83 ERA) gave up one run, four hits and two walks in five innings, as Columbus defeated Gwinnett 3-2. Matt LaPorta singled and drove in two runs, and Ezequiel Carrera had two hits. … Jesus Aguilar had four hits and one RBI in Carolina’s 5-2 win over Lynchburg in Class A. Tyler Cannon and Tony Wolters each had two hits, and Cannon drove in two runs. Francisco Jimenez gave up one earned run (two total) and five hits in five innings. … Bryson Myles had three hits and two RBI, and Francisco Lindor had three hits in Lake County’s 5-3 win over Dayton in Class A.
— Sheldon Ocker