Hafner to have MRI on right ankle Friday

Hafner to have MRI on right ankle Friday

CLEVELAND -- Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner was a late scratch from Thursday's starting lineup due to right ankle inflammation. Hafner will undergo an MRI exam on his foot on Friday.

"They'll take some pictures of it and we'll see," Indians manager Manny Acta said after Cleveland's 8-2 win over the Royals on Thursday. "We didn't want to take any chances of having him running out there without knowing the extent of it."

Acta noted that Hafner mentioned feeling soreness in his foot during Wednesday's game, in which the DH went 1-for-4 with an RBI single. On Thursday, Hafner took part in batting practice with no issues, but he still felt discomfort when running.

With Hafner moved to the bench for the finale of a three-game series against the Royals, Shelley Duncan moved into the lineup's fifth spot and served as the DH for the Indians. Duncan went 1-for-4 with a home run.

Hafner is hitting .342 with four home runs, five doubles and 11 RBIs in 21 games. He was ranked fifth in the American League in average and eighth in on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.959) entering Thursday.