Tribe Injury News: Hafner Expected Back, Chisenhall Taking Batting Practice

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.

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.

[Related: Paul Dolan Changes: Not Coming Soon]

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    They are praying Hafner returns and does something that way they can justify bringing him back for his final season next year.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    This is the move we were waiting for… 30-game winning streak here we come!!

  • mgbode

    there is no way that they are opting in on that contract. they are not paying him $13mil for next season.
    if he comes back, then it will be at a reduced rate and on a 1year deal.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Pronk sad, Pronk no like you anymore! Doesn’t he have some sort of buyout or something I thought for like $3M they could get rid of him?

  • mgbode

    $2.75mil opt-out (buyout). They are definitely exercising that.
    From there, the question is how much are we willing to give him to come back. Depends on the back, but I would think around an additional 1year $3mil contract seems fair for both parties.

  • Garry_Owen


  • sgtkickarse

    No thanks Pronk, just stay away. We need these last few weeks for Laporta to get every at bat possible in the big league lineup. Thanks for the memories, but don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out. Especially since that will induce another injury and trip to the DL.