Like most of you, my patience is wearing real thin with this guy, but I’m willing to give him one more chance on the notion that the shoulder injury is largely to blame for his awful showing in 2008.  I know he has DH-only eligibility in the majority of leagues, but you can do a lot worse than Hafner as a late-round flier.  Am I being too optimistic?  Here’s yesterday’s press release.


CLEVELAND, OH — The Cleveland Indians today announced DH TRAVIS HAFNER underwent successful surgery this afternoon on his right shoulder in Birmingham, AL.  The 45-minute procedure was performed by DR. JAMES ANDREWS at St. Vincent Hospital in Birmingham.  

The procedure entailed Dr. Andrews successfully performing an arthroscopic debridement (clean out) of Travis’ right shoulder joint.  Travis will begin physical therapy at Progressive Field on Thursday and is expected to make a full recovery by the beginning of the 2009 Championship Season when it opens on April 6 in Arlington, Texas.

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