Hafner, Carmona slowed
Slugger's rehab assignment nixed; pitcher may follow suit
DENVER -- The Indians had initially hoped this would be the week that injured designated hitter Travis Hafner and right-hander Fausto Carmona both got sent out for Minor League rehab assignments.That plan has been completely nixed in Hafner's case and is now looking less likely in Carmona's case. Hafner, on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder weakness, took dry swings and swings off the tee on Sunday at Progressive Field, and the Indians weren't happy with what they saw, from a strength standpoint. As a result, Pronk will be sent to Birmingham, Ala., to see famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for a second opinion on a proper return-to-play program. Head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said surgery is an "unlikely" option for Hafner's shoulder right now.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.