Travis Hafner on DL, out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

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UPDATE: Hafner will have his knee scoped tomorrow and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, the Indians announced.

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Travis Hafner has missed the past six games with a sore right knee and this morning the Indians placed him on the disabled list, calling up left-hander Scott Barnes from Triple-A to fill his roster spot.

Hafner has been able to swing a bat despite the injury, but even the limited amount of running required for a designated hitter is too much, forcing him to the disabled list for the sixth time in four seasons.

It’s a shame too, because Hafner remains a productive player throughout all the health problems. He hadn’t hit for a good batting average, the 35-year-old has six homers and the ninth-most walks in the league on the way to an OPS above .800 for the ninth time in 10 full seasons.

It’s unclear who’ll see most of the DH action with Hafner out, as so far the Indians have used six different players there in the six games he missed.

Blue Jays could move Jaime Garcia to bullpen

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.

Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.

Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.