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Hafner to undergo MRI on ailing back

Hafner to undergo MRI on ailing back

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Hafner to undergo MRI on ailing back
CLEVELAND -- Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner missed his third consecutive game with back stiffness Wednesday against the Twins. Manager Manny Acta said Hafner was scheduled to undergo an MRI on his back sometime Wednesday afternoon.

"Then we'll have some results and decisions to make," Acta said.

Hafner's back flared up during a July 31 game against Kansas City, and it has caused him to miss four games thus far. Acta originally expected Hafner to be ready to play on Tuesday, but the injury hasn't gotten better.

Hafner, who has played in only 60 games this season, missed more than a month after having knee surgery earlier in the year. He's hitting .239 with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs this season and will be a free agent at the end of the year.

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