MLB Report: Surgery for Hafner

From the Indians

“Travis Hafner will have arthroscopic surgery tomorrow on his right knee to repair damaged meniscus. Expected recovery is 4 to 6 weeks.”

And there you go. At best, Hafner will return after the All-Star break.

[Related: Hafner to DL: Barnes recalled]

  • cmm13

    Lopez to DH, problem solved.

  • Natedawg86

    Well, did we expect him to play in all games, or 100 at best?  At least we should have him for the playoffs with relatively fresh legs (eternal optimist).

  • Harv 21

    Barf-o-licious. Tack on the week he already missed and the rehab stint afterward and that’s a huge hunk of season for a DH to miss.

    Too bad our farm system is devoid of any power sticks. “Last call for Mr. LaPorta, Mr.Matt LaPorta”  (sigh).

  • JNeids

    No worries, Johnny Damon is DHing today!

    One wheel…

  • Alex

    I really feel like swearing right now.

  • mgbode

    4-6 weeks. okay.   anyone who thought we were getting more than 100 games out of Hafner was fooling themselves. 

    132OPS+ through 39games.    if he comes back and plays 50-60 games at that level, then it was a successful year.

  • mgbode

    yeah, we might want to just give up on him.  even the poster child for top10 pick late career resurgence (Alex Gordon) is back to playing to his career norms this year after an outstanding season last year:

  • k mad

    Had Meniscus surgery at the end of January.

    44 years old…6 weeks before it started feeling close to normal.  8 week playing soccer running 5 k’s


  • Harv 21

    would love to give up on him if we had anything else down there, an old Karl Pagel or Crash Davis with no book on him who might see fastballs for a couple of weeks

  • Harv 21

    well .. can you hit a decent curve?

  • mgbode

    as you mentioned above, with no book on him, he might not have to for a couple weeks 🙂

  • kjn

    not cost effective though

  • The Other Tim

    Boy the You may also like –
    on this one is distressing.

  • mgbode

    how did Disqus choose just 4?

  • mgbode

    it’s been a sunk cost for years now.   it’ll be more cost effective next year when we sign him for $5mil to be our DHL guy 🙂

  • Karsten Treu

    He’s just doing his thang guys, come on.

    But yeah, Lopey at DH gives us a power right hand bat, I’d take that for now.  

    Can anyone explain why we called up a AA guy for SS instead of Donald, who can cover 3rd and SS? Am I missing something? 

  • Hypno_Toad

    Every year we hear the “He looks like the old Pronk again!” crap. And every year around the end of May he takes a trip to the DL that puts our offense in a slump. Like clockwork.

  • mgbode

    3 things:

    1. He has been remarkably consistent despite suffering through a bunch of different injuries.   OPS+ over 120 every single year except 2008.

    2. Our offense hasn’t suffered much this year since his injury (surprisingly).  

    3.  It’s not like he is our cure vs. LHP.   He’s at least 100pts lower in BA, OBP, and OPS vs. LHP.

  • k mad

    just pointing out 4-6 weeks is probably correct.

    I am older and not in MLB “playing shape” even a DH.  8 weeks and I was back to “full speed” or as full as I can get.  You have 2 discs of cartilage in your knee, one on either side of your kneecap.

    The doc told me that I am 30% effective on the inside one.

    This type of surgery really doesn’t have an “gotchas” other than infection.

    This is not microfacture or ACL/MCL.

    Never could hit a curve, cant even hit the 70 MPH pitching machine at the batting cages.

    that is why I played rugby, soccer, and wrestled.

  • AlexMathews

    I wouldn’t call Lopez a “power guy”, but to each his own.

  • EyesAbove

    This is almost as surprising as Grady going down. 😀

  • kjn

     Agree with mgbode.

    It’s not crap. It’s true. Hafner still has the ability to be Pronk-like when he’s healthy. Obvious problem: he’s made out of rubber bands, bubble gum, and balsa wood.

  • kjn

    Fister is going back to the DL.

  • kjn

    So after the pitchers walks ACab on five pitches, struggling to find the zone, Lopez swings on the very first pitch.