To say the Cleveland Indians have struggled of late would be a pretty major understatement. The team’s lost 11 of their last 14 games. Over that span they’ve only been able to score 2.14 runs a game while giving up over 5 per to opponents.
In losing this week’s series against the Tigers, Cleveland no longer has claim of first place in the AL Central.
The Indians are hoping the addition of Travis Hafner will help get the club back on the winning track. Cleveland announced they are activating their slugger today and placing him right back into the cleanup spot for tonight’s game against the Pirates.
Hafner was a monster this season before hitting the disabled list in the middle of May with a strained right oblique. In 32 games this year he’s been able to put up a line of .345/.409/.549 with 5 home runs and 22 runs batted in.
The Indians replaced one Travis with another, optioning outfielder Travis Buck back to Triple-A to clear a spot for Hafner’s return.