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09/01/08 6:59 PM ET
Hafner not likely among first callups
Slugger might get more Minors at-bats before activation
By Steve Herrick / Special to MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- When the Indians announce their roster additions from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, it's doubtful Travis Hafner will be one of them. "We probably won't activate him," manager Eric Wedge said. "We're going to talk to him and see where he is. We'll see how he feels." Wedge said Hafner could join Double-A Akron, which is in the Eastern League playoffs. No determination will be made until after the team's decision makers meet with him Tuesday. The Indians would still like for Hafner to get some at-bats in the big leagues before the season ends. It's been a long and arduous season for Hafner, who has been on the disabled list since May 30 because of a sore right shoulder. He's been on a rehab assignment at Buffalo, but he remains experiencing problems with the shoulder. Four games into his stint, he was shut down for three days last week. He didn't play last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but has played every other day since. Hafner was 1-for-3 in Buffalo's season finale Monday. He batted .318 (7-for-22) with three doubles, four RBIs, three walks and four strikeouts in seven games. Hafner is hitting .217 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 46 games with the Indians this season. As far as the other callups, Wedge said second baseman Josh Barfield, who has been on the DL since June 12 with a sprained left middle finger, will rejoin the Indians. Barfield played in three games with Cleveland before being injured trying to check his swing. Others being considered are first baseman Michael Aubrey and pitchers Aaron Laffey, Tom Mastny, John Meloan, Rich Rundles and Brian Slocum. Laffey and Rundles are left-handers. Laffey, Mastny and Slocum have been with the Indians this season. Meloan was acquired from the Dodgers in the Casey Blake trade, while Rundles has spent the entire season at Buffalo.
Steve Herrick is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.