Hafner, Carmona slowed

Hafner, Carmona slowed

DENVER -- The Indians had initially hoped this would be the week that injured designated hitter Travis Hafner and right-hander Fausto Carmona both got sent out for Minor League rehab assignments.

That plan has been completely nixed in Hafner's case and is now looking less likely in Carmona's case.

Hafner, on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder weakness, took dry swings and swings off the tee on Sunday at Progressive Field, and the Indians weren't happy with what they saw, from a strength standpoint. As a result, Pronk will be sent to Birmingham, Ala., to see famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for a second opinion on a proper return-to-play program.

Head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said surgery is an "unlikely" option for Hafner's shoulder right now.

"[Andrews will] reevaluate our plan and help us determine if there's a way to expedite getting Travis back in our lineup," Soloff said.

Hafner has endured weakness in the shoulder since Spring Training and first informed the Indians of the injury before the club traveled to Minnesota on April 18. He was finally placed on the disabled list May 30 and has spent the last two weeks doing strengthening exercises on the shoulder.

Carmona, meanwhile, threw a three-inning, 50-pitch simulated game in Mahoning Valley on Monday and felt soreness in his injured left hip afterward. He will be reevaluated Wednesday in Cleveland, and the Indians will decide if he's ready to go out on a rehab or if he needs more time.

Soloff said it is too early to call Carmona's soreness a "setback."

"We'll have more up-to-date information after he's examined [Wednesday]," Soloff said. "[The soreness] is expected after each progressive start, but, at this point, we want to proceed with caution."

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.