Cleveland Indians

Sports Flash: Travis Hafner On DL

NEW YORK - APRIL 18:  Travis Hafner #48 of the Cleveland Indians at bat against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Calvin W BoazCorrespondent IIApril 30, 2009

I know.  I cannot believe the story myself. 

I had to check all the sources that I could.  I called all my friends in Cleveland.  I even called people in Cleveland who don't like me.  I got in touch with local papers in Cleveland, Texas, Cleveland, Tennessee, and Cleveland, Georgia. 

Everybody told me the same thing.  Unbelievable as it is, it's true.  Travis Hafner is hurt.

Travis Hafner was placed on the disabled list Wednesday night with a sore right shoulder.  This is the worst news about a Cleveland sports team since the Browns passed on Michael Crabtree in the NFL draft.

Hafner is batting .270 with four homers and eight RBI in 17 games.  He is supposed to meet with Dr. James Andrews next week in Birmingham, Alabama.

The injury comes at a very bad time.  The Indians are in fifth place in the American League Central, building momentum.  The team was on a roll.  Going into Wednesday's night game, the Indians were on a one-game winning streak.

Indian fans and fantasy owners take comfort in this:  the sun will rise again, maybe just not tomorrow.

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