"That's realistic, yeah," Indians manager Manny Acta said on Thursday. "Unless he doesn't feel right by then. But it's realistic that he could do that."
Hafner, who is on the 15-day DL due to a right knee injury, went 1-for-3 in a Minor League rehab appearance with Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday. The 35-year-old DH was slated to rest on Thursday before serving as a DH again for Columbus on Friday.
Hafner underwent a right medial meniscectomy at the Cleveland Clinic on May 31, and the 30-minute procedure was performed by Dr. Rick Parker and Dr. Mark Schicendantz.
This marks the sixth stint on the disabled list for Hafner over the course of the past five seasons. Hafner has previously been shelved due to right shoulder issues (2008, '09 and '10), as well as right oblique and right foot injuries ('11).
Through 39 games this season, Hafner is hitting .242 with six home runs, six doubles and 23 RBIs. After hitting .357 with a 1.081 OPS over his first 12 games of the season, Hafner posted a .189 average with a .693 OPS over his next 27 games prior to the injury.
Acta said the reports from Hafner's first Minor League rehab game were good.
"He did well," Acta said. "He was able to go first to third [base]running. So it went well."