Tokugawa wrote:Jun 13 The Akron Beacon Journal reports Cleveland Indians 1B/DH Travis Hafner (triceps) will likely be limited to designated-hitter duty for the foreseeable future as his sore elbow and triceps heal.
It's not as if the guy has been playing 1st base anyway. If the team don't think he is capable of catching a few balls because of this injury, how do they expect him to swing a bat.
Does anyone know anything else about this?
How is this guy always injured when all he really does is sit in the dug out, only to appear every two innings or so to draw a walk!!!
Well the arm supposebly got tweaked a little when Hafner took a pitch on it during on AB when he forgot to wear his elbow pad. I think that was about a month ago, and I remember writing it off as nothing really until this trip to the NL. But Hafner really hasn't looked bad at the plate at all yet this year, so I think it's a bit early to start panicking on him. He did start of slow last year, and really only put up studly numbers in July and August. Until someone from the team actually says that his sore arm is effecting his swing I wouldn't worry about it. People's expectations aren't being reached, but remember that Hafner only had 9 HR through June last year, and the current RBI totals are a result of people not being on base.
I'm actually kind of optimistic for Hafner in the near future with Coco and Grady starting to hit and batting in front of him.