CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – PRONK RETURNS – The Indians Wednesday activated DH Travis Hafner form the DL, and tonight he will DH for the team and hit 6th.
Some have asked more than once why bother with “Pronk” if the team is trying to look at younger players on the roster, and once again in his pregame, Manny Acta made it a point to clear the air about it.
“Were a better team when Hafner is in the lineup, Hafner’s been here a long time, and if he’s ready to play he deserves to play,” Acta said.
On the season, Hafner is hitting .239 (48-201) with 6 doubles, 2 triples, 11 home runs and 32 RBI in 60 games. He’s also had two stays on the DL.
Acta said that Hafner should play about 3 days a week for the rest of 2012 – that is if he can stay healthy.
DONALD UPDATE - Jason Donald continues to work his way back after being plunked by a pitch in last weeks matchup against Tigers ace Justin Verlander.
“I’d say I’m still day to day at this point,” Donald said. The utility man said that the earliest he would likely take the field is this weekend when the team play in Kansas City.
Donald said the swelling of the wrist where he was hit is basically gone, but it’s still sore to the touch. He did say he was hitting off a tee in his rehab.
WHAT ABOUT ROBERTO? – It seems nearly evident that seeing much more of pitcher Roberto Hernandez (Fausto Carmona) this season is a longs shot.
Acta said that in his throwing session Tuesday he was fine, but running on the ankle that he hurt in a game vs the A’s at Progressive Field back on August 27th when he went 2.1 innings, allowing 3 runs on four hits.
“He’s still not moving around 100 percent, so I think the next bullpen (Friday) and workout will dictate what we’re going to do moving forward,” Acta said.
The Indians have an option on Hernandez this offseason for $9 million, but were hoping to see some of him in these last few weeks to see what they want to do on that option.
Now with limited chances to pitch in 2012, if at all, the Indians may have to simply guess blind if he’s worth it to bring back.
“It’s going to be tough, we just have to sit back and wait and see how we are doing depth-wise pitching,” Acta said. “That’s not my decision, I’ll probably have some kind of saying in it.”
SHAPIRO ON TWITTER – If you were on twitter during the afternoon on Tuesday, you likely saw that Indians President Mark Shapiro was on there taking an hour to answer questions from fans.
Among the things that Shaprio hit on was his favorite color (blue) and how much he could bench press (he’s not sure).
Really folks, those were legit questions asked to him.
On the baseball side, there was a couple quotes that could point to what the offsason will be like for the Indians.
On spending this offseason: I think we will have the ability to spend. Just concerned about depth of FA mket this offseason
On his thoughts on Chris Perez speaking out: Nothing to win by engaging in public. We will go about that business internally
On how he will make the offseason productive: We need to do a better job of blding arnd the young, talented players+have emerged – also need to insure they cntnue to develop
You can follow Shapiro at @MarkShapiro