Travis Hafner could return to Tribe in late September

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“Pronk” has not been shut down. Yet.

According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner got encouraging news about his strained right foot Wednesday after paying a visit to an “out-of-state” specialist who usually treats NFL players.

Hafner is still required to wear a protective walking boot, but recent signs of progress point to him avoiding the season-ending surgery that he was rumored to be considering last week. If his foot continues to heal and his rehab goes smoothly, the 34-year-old could be cleared to return to the major leagues for the last week or two of September.

Hafner was placed on the disabled list August 22 after straining his right foot while trying to leg out a double in an August 21 game against the Tigers. He’s batted .281/.364/.448 with 11 homers and 49 RBI in 82 games.

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.