Indians place Travis Hafner on DL with strained oblique

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Travis Hafner finally appeared to be over the shoulder problems that wrecked him for multiple years, hitting .345 with five homers and a .958 OPS while playing nearly every day for the Indians, but now a different injury has put his most productive season since 2006 on hold.

Hafner was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup with a strained oblique and this afternoon the Indians placed him on the disabled list, where he joins center fielder Grady Sizemore.

Cleveland’s fast start has been both surprising and impressive, but can the Indians keep winning without two of their best hitters?

Michael Brantley has replaced Sizemore in center field, with Travis Buck and Austin Kearns platooning in left field, and Shelley Duncan figures to be the primary designated hitter with Hafner out.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.