Hafner Undergoes Successful Surgery; Out 4-6 Weeks
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner underwent successful surgery on his right knee Thursday morning the team announced.
Hafner, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, is expected to miss four to six weeks.
The arthroscopic procedure, which was performed at the Cleveland Clinic, took 30 minutes.
Hafner sustained a partially torn meniscus during the last homestand and aggravated it after fouling a ball off of his right leg May 23 against Detroit.
He remained in Cleveland last weekend and was treated for inflammation in his knee while the Indians were swept at Chicago.
Since signing a four-year $57.5 million contract extension in 2007, Hafner has missed significant playing time in each of the last four seasons due to injury.
Hafner played in just 57 games in 2008, 94 games in 2009, 118 games in 2010 and 94 games last season.
In 39 games this season, he is batting .242 with six home runs and 23 RBIs.
The Indians have lost five of their last six games to fall into second place in the AL Central behind the Chicago White Sox.
He has a club option for 2013 left on the deal for $13 million that includes a $2.75 million buyout.