Hafner's return remains in question
Slugger doesn't need surgery, but needs more strength
DENVER -- Renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews concurred with the Indians' original prognosis on Travis Hafner's injured right shoulder. Hafner's rotator cuff and shoulder muscles need strengthening, not surgery.On the one hand, that's comforting news for the Indians in that their original assessment was backed up. Then again, it doesn't mean Pronk is any closer to playing. In fact, the Indians have offered no assurances that Hafner is any closer to returning to their lineup now than he was when they placed him on the 15-day disabled list May 30.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.