Indians’ Hafner has successful surgery
The Cleveland Indians announced Tuesday that Travis Hafner underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his ailing right shoulder.
Orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews conducted the 45-minute procedure at St. Vincent Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. Andrews basically cleaned out the joint, a procedure called arthroscopic debridement.
Hafner will begin physical therapy at Progressive Field on Thursday.
According to the team’s press release, Hafner is expected to make a “full recovery by the beginning of the 2009 Championship Season when it opens on April 6 in Arlington, Texas.”
Hafner played in 57 games this season, batting .197 with five home runs and 24 RBIs.