Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner was back in the cleanup spot of the Tribe's lineup on Friday after exiting Thursday's game in the 11th inning due to swelling in his right hand. Hafner was hit on the hand by a pitch in the ninth inning of Thursday's 6-5 victory over the Mariners, but the injury was not deemed serious.
Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan (back) was out of the lineup on Friday for the fifth game in a row. Hannahan said his back was feeling better and he planned on testing things out with some hitting drills on Friday. Manager Manny Acta was not willing to say Hannahan would be ready to return to the lineup by Saturday.
Indians left-hander Rafael Perez (on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left lat) has advanced to throwing off a mound as part of his return to the bullpen. Acta indicated that the next step in Perez's throwing program is a simulated game. Cleveland has not announced if the lefty will do a Minor League rehab.
Minor League outfielder Nick Weglarz, who was designated for assignment on Monday, cleared waivers and has been sent outright to Double-A Akron. Minor League outfielder Jared Goedert, who was hitting .395 in 35 games at Double-A, has been promoted to Triple-A Columbus.