By Matt Loede - 92.3 The Fan Indians Beat Reporter

CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan)PRONK ON THE MEND – Indians DH Travis Hafner has been out since early August with low back inflammation, but Manny Acta said Tuesday that they could have him back in the next two days.

“Hopefully we will get him this homestand, he is going to continue to simulate batting in the batting cages,” Acta said. “I’m hopeful this homestand to get him back.”

There’s lots of talk that Hafner won’t be back with the Indians in 2013, or at a lot lesser price than the $13 mi the team owes him if they pick up his option.

So why play him at all if all the team is doing at this point is playing out the stretch to see what the young players can do?

“Well if your fine you should play, regardless of who you are,” Acta said. “The season is not over, and obviously we are a better ball club when he is in our lineup.”

RAFFY DONE FOR 2012 – Acta told the media Tuesday that relief pitcher Rafael Perez had a setback in his rehab, and his 2012 season is over.

Perez’s 2012 season covered just 7.2 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits with a homer as well as four walks and one strikeout.

When asked if it was the ankle or the shoulder where Perez had the setback, Acta said it was the shoulder that continues to give him issues.

The 30-year-old made $2 million dollars this past season.

HAGADONE UPDATE – Indians relief pitcher Nick Hagadone, who busted his hand after a poor outing earlier this year, is recovering and will throw Winter ball to make up the innings he missed.

“He’s doing well he’s already started his throwing program,” Acta said. Hagadone’s season ends with him throwing 25.1 innings, putting up an ERA of 6.39.

KIPNIS UP FOR HONOR – Indians second basemen Jason Kipnis is up for a major honor, as today MLB and Chevrolet announced that he has been named the Indians nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.

Today marks the eleventh annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.

Kipnis is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others.

The Award is named for the 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

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