Tuesday, August 2, 2005
Indians hoping to activate Hafner Wednesday
CLEVELAND -- Travis Hafner's long-awaited return has been
delayed -- again.
Hafner was expected to be activated
from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, but he hasn't recovered
enough from a concussion. He hasn't played in the majors since
getting drilled in the face with a pitch by Chicago's Mark Buehrle
on July 16.
Hafner has experienced lightheadedness and headaches since he
During a rehab appearance on Monday for Double-A Akron, Hafner
felt dizzy following his first at-bat and had to leave the game. He
was scheduled to play again Tuesday night, and as long as he's not
having symptoms, the Indians would activate him on Wednesday.
"Best case scenario would be tomorrow," manager Eric Wedge
said before the opener of a three-game series against the New York
Yankees. "But that would still probably be hopeful for us."
Wedge said Hafner felt better but that "he was still a little
off" after grounding out to second in his at-bat for the Aeros.
Hafner doesn't feel dizzy until he exercises, which is common after
Initially, team doctors only thought Hafner would miss a few
days. But his symptoms have lingered.
Wedge said Hafner recently underwent another series of medical
"The first step is to get him through a complete game -- three
or four at-bats," Wedge said.
The Indians have missed Hafner in the middle of the lineup, and
have had to juggle their batting order to make up for the loss of
power. They were shut out in two of their first three games after
he got hurt.