Indians' Hafner advised to continue strengthening ailing shoulder

DENVER -- Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner was advised by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews to continue with a strengthening program for his ailing right shoulder.

"Dr. Andrews was very straight forward," Indians head trainer Lonnie Soloff said. "He didn't think surgery would help his condition. He is doing isometric exercises, stability exercises, lifting weights."

Hafner has been on the disabled list since May 30 with a sore shoulder. He got a second opinion Wednesday from Andrews, who agreed with the Indians' Dr. Mark Schickendantz that Hafner needs continued strengthening of the rotator cuff and shoulder girdle.

"In the absence of irritating that shoulder on a daily basis with game activities, our hope is that it will continue to get stronger," Soloff said.

Hafner will be re-evaluated in a week to 10 days. He is hitting .217 with four home runs this season, but has been bothered by the shoulder since spring training.

The 31-year-old Hafner is Cleveland's career leader at DH with 134 home runs and 464 RBIs.