The Cleveland Indians anticipate that both designated hitter Travis Hafner and third baseman Lonnie Chisenahll will be back at some point in the next six weeks. In his media availibility on Friday afternoon, team general manager Chris Antonetti discussed the injuries of both players, stating that Hafner (back) is expected to return at some point to finish out the 2012 season, and Chisenhall (forearm) is with the team and will take batting practice starting today.
Injury updates from Antonetti: Hafner (back) expected back eventually, Chisenhall (wrist) taking BP today. #Indians
— Scott @ WFNY (@WFNYScott) August 24, 2012
Hafner, dealing with a bulging disc in his lower back, has been on the disabled list since August 9. He received an epidural shot on Friday and was also taking anti-inflammatory medication. Prior to his injury, the veteran was hitting .239 (.808 OPS) with 11 home runs and 32 RBI.
Chisenhall sustained a broken forearm after being hit by a pitch in late June. Taking batting practice during this homestand, the Indians anticipate that he will be back in September. In just 24 games, Chisenahll was hitting .278 (.756 OPS) with three home runs and nine RBI.
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