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.

Video: Ramon Torres hits little league home run in first at-bat of season

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The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.

In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.

The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.