Callups/injury update

Aaron Laffey is not on the list of callups today. So the Indians will not be going with a six-man rotation, as previously speculated.

Not only that, but head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff is expected to talk to the media in a little bit, and Laffey will be one of the topics of conversation. Have not heard what the injury is.

Laffey went 3-1 with a 5.55 ERA in six starts following his July 26 demotion to Buffalo.

UPDATE (6 p.m.): Laffey is shut down for the season with left elbow inflammation. Soloff indicated that the injury is not serious, as no structural damage was found in an MRI. Laffey thought he could pitch through the soreness, but the Indians didn’t want to chance it. More info on the site later.

More injury updates… Travis Hafner (right shoulder weakness) will be taking BP here the next three days, then play somewhere — either Mahoning Valley, Akron or Lake County — on Friday and Saturday. He will be evaluated Sunday to determine whether he’s ready to join the Indians.

Also, Jake Westbrook told the Indians before the season that he was experiencing intermittent right hip soreness. He will see a specialist this week, and it will be determined if he should have arthroscopic surgery on the hip at the end of the week. If he does, the Indians still expect him to begin his return-to-throw program on time.

 

1 Comment

What’s the reasoning behind keeping Hafner in the minors? Is he somehow more likely to weaken his shoulder swinging a bat in Cleveland than Akron? I could see if the Indians were in a pennant chase, why they wouldn’t just throw an injured Hafner in the lineup, but why does it matter if they send him out and his shoulder gets sore and he goes 0-4 in the majors, versus staying in the minors and his shoulder gets sore but he gets a couple hits? Are they hoping he can lead Akron to AA playoff glory?

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