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Tuesday, August 2, 2005
Indians hoping to activate Hafner Wednesday

Associated Press

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 got hit.

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 a concussion.

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 tests.

"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.