Hafner leaves after HBP, but could return Friday

Hafner leaves after HBP, but could return Friday

CLEVELAND -- Travis Hafner was forced to leave the Indians' 6-5 win against the Mariners on Thursday afternoon in the 11th inning after being hit on the right hand by a pitch earlier in the contest.

Indians manager Manny Acta said it's just a soft tissue injury to the bottom of Hafner's hand, but the designated hitter could not take his at-bat in the 11th inning, because swelling made it difficult to grip the bat. Hafner did not undergo an X-ray.

"He was having a tough time," Acta said following Thursday's win. "I'm expecting him to be ready tomorrow, but we'll see how the swelling goes down."

Hafner did not sound quite as optimistic, but he didn't rule out the possibility of playing Friday night in the opener of a three-game Interleague series against the Marlins.

"I don't know," Hafner said. "I think there's definitely a chance. We'll just ice it a bunch tonight and come in and see how it feels tomorrow. I can't really say [if I'll be able to play], but there's a chance."

When Hafner was hit by the Charlie Furbush offering in the ninth inning, he set an Indians record for being hit by a pitch the most times in a career (80). The previous record of 79 belonged to Nap Lajoie. Hafner has been hit by a pitch four times this season.

Asked after the game if he expects any kind of reward for breaking the record, Hafner smirked.

"A bucket of ice, I think," he joked.