The Cleveland Indians placed DH Travis Hafner on the 15-day disabled list with a knee injury, one that will keep him out of action for 4-6 weeks after he decided to undergo arthroscopic surgery on Thursday.
#Indians Travis Hafner will have right knee scoped Thur at Cleveland Clinic. Out 4 to 6 weeks
— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) May 30, 2012
Hafner, who is the highest paid player on the team, making $13 million this season, has a .242/.380/.439 slash line this year with six home runs and a BABIP of .250. The 11-year veteran has been out of the lineup since May 23rd.
The Indians, who rank 10th in the AL in OBS (.716) and 12th in home runs with 41, have decided to recall a pitcher rather than offensive help from Triple-A. Scott Barnes recorded a 3.81 ERA in 11 games for Columbus.
The timing of the injury, which you can almost expect out of Hafner these days, comes almost a month too early, as Grady Sizemore is still weeks away from a rehab assignment.