CLEVELAND -- A trip to the disabled list is never welcome, but in the case of Travis Hafner, last month's stint on the 15-day DL did him plenty of good.
After sitting out the first half of August to rest his right shoulder, Hafner entered Wednesday's series finale against the White Sox batting .356 (16-for-45) with seven extra-base hits across his past 13 games, including a 4-for-5 effort Monday that featured three doubles.
In his first 21 contests since the All-Star break, Hafner hit .392 (29-for-74) with two home runs and 11 RBIs.
"He's been swinging the bat really good the whole second half," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "He's fresher now after resting his shoulder and he's driving the ball with more authority. Right now, he's giving us that big bat in the middle of our lineup."Hafner went 0-for-3 with a walk during Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the White Sox.
Five prospects selected for AFL
CLEVELAND -- Five Indians prospects will play for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League this season, with two more Tribe farmhands yet to be selected.
Triple-A Columbus manager Mike Sarbaugh's team includes two Clippers in left-hander Eric Berger and second baseman Cord Phelps, in addition to three Double-A Akron players in southpaw Scott Barnes, second baseman Jason Kipnis and righty Chen Lee.
Kipnis entered Wednesday batting .348 (62-for-178) with 40 runs, 13 doubles, five triples, five home runs, and 29 RBIs in his past 45 games.
AFL action begins Oct. 12. The annual Rising Stars Game is scheduled for Nov. 8 and the league championship game will take place Nov. 20.
Indians manager Manny Acta said first baseman Matt LaPorta is day-to-day after experiencing pain in his left hip when he took a swing during Tuesday's pinch-hit appearance. LaPorta, who initially strained the surgically repaired hip in an at-bat Sunday, did not start for the third consecutive game Wednesday. "He's not ready to play in the field yet," Acta said. ... Center fielder Michael Brantley entered Wednesday hitting .291 with 14 runs, six extra-base hits and 11 RBIs across 19 games since his Aug. 6 recall from Triple-A Columbus. He then went 1-for-4 on Wednesday. ... Through Tuesday, Cleveland's 4.26 bullpen ERA ranked 10th in the American League.
John Barone is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.