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Indians’ Hafner To Have Knee Surgery

Travis Hafner. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Travis Hafner. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner will have surgery on his right knee Thursday and is expected to miss four to six weeks

Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said Wednesday that Hafner would have an arthroscopic procedure to repair fraying and irritation in his right meniscus. Hafner was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Wednesday’s game against Kansas City.

Hafner hasn’t played since May 23. He is hitting .242 with six home runs and 23 RBIs in 39 games.

Left-hander Scott Barnes has been recalled from Triple-A Columbus and will be used out of the bullpen. He was 0-2 with a 3.81 ERA in 11 games at Columbus.

The Indians have been hit hard by injuries in the last week.

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