By Evan Brunell
There were many shocked faces upon Travis Hafner's arrival for Cleveland's team picture Saturday.
Hafner showed up with a walking boot on his right foot after missing three games with a sore right ankle. That sore ankle has now turned into a strained tendon on the surface of his right foot, as Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports. He won't hit the DL just yet, as he will be re-evaluated on Monday before a final decision is made.
The slugger hasn't been the Pronk of old since he was one of the game's elite sluggers from 2004-07, constantly missing time with injury. He's been hot this year, though, hitting an unsustainable .342 but following through with five doubles and four homers, giving Indian fans hope he has one more dominant year left in him. He signed a massive (for Cleveland) four-year, $57 million pact that kicked in for the 2009 season that has held the team back financially, but it finally expires after next season.
At this point, the team will be happy with any production Hafner can give as they wait out his deal. Cleveland had to be thrilled with what he's done so far, but that's -- yet again -- being threatened by the specter of injury.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.