Relieved Hannahan hopeful to return this weekend

Relieved Hannahan hopeful to return this weekend

Relieved Hannahan hopeful to return this weekend
CLEVELAND -- With a little peace of mind in hand, Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan grabbed his glove and played catch on Thursday morning at Progressive Field.

Hannahan remained out of the lineup due to tightness in his back, but the third baseman was hopeful that he would be able to return to Cleveland's lineup at some point during the upcoming three-game weekend series against the Marlins. That optimism came after an MRI exam revealed nothing serious.

"I was in a lot of pain," Hannahan said. "So it was a big relief when it came back and just showed inflammation."

Hannahan has been out of the Indians' starting lineup for four consecutive games after having pain flare up in his lower back following Sunday's game in Boston. The third baseman said he felt discomfort immediately after that game against the Red Sox, but the issue worsened over the course of the team's flight to Minnesota that night.

The MRI exam performed on Hannahan's back showed mild inflammation around the area of the facet joints. Hannahan is still considered day to day with the issue, though he felt much improved on Thursday morning. That is good news for the Indians, who have enjoyed having a resurgent Hannahan in the lineup this season.

Through 30 games, Hannahan has hit .287 with three home runs, six doubles and 18 RBIs. Hannahan has also hit at a .393 (11-for-28) clip with 17 RBIs with runners in scoring position. With runners in scoring position and two outs, Hannahan has posted a .500 (9-for-18) average with 14 RBIs.

"I feel a lot better than I did. This has been the best day," Hannahan said. "I feel like the inflammation and the spasms have gotten better. Today's the best I've felt. I'm hoping to play either Friday or Saturday."