Hafner put on DL, sent home after batting practice

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cleveland designated hitter Travis Hafner, after taking a few practice swings, was sent home Friday and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder.

Hafner, who is hitting only .217 with four home runs, has been bothered by the shoulder since spring training. He hasn't played since Sunday.

"He took some swings today. A lot of pain," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "He's still having pain with that shoulder and we just need to give him more time. It's more a strength issue than anything. He's just not able to get where he needs to get fundamentally. Send him home and start getting after it tomorrow."

After getting a cortisone shot on Tuesday, Hafner had hoped several days of rest would take care of the problem.

His spot on the roster will be taken by outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who has been on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Buffalo following Tommy John surgery. Ryan Garko was listed as the DH against the Royals on Friday night as Cleveland began a season-long 11-day road trip.

A .290 lifetime hitter coming into the season, the 30-year-old Hafner is the Indians' career leader at DH with 134 home runs and 464 RBIs.

He's taken a battery of tests, including an MRI exam, since the shoulder became a problem.

"There's really not much more we can do now other than just treat it and give him more time," Wedge said. "Hopefully, we'll get him what he needs this time and get him back 100 percent and go from there. I think we'll know a lot more in a week."

Wedge said he had a number of possible DH candidates.

"I'm not going to lock it into any one person," he said. "We've got an interesting team here now, the outfielders, first basemen. We won't have any problems utilizing that spot."