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• Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list due to a right knee injury, is scheduled to begin a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday. Hafner will serve as the DH against Norfolk, then have a day off from game action on Thursday.

• On Tuesday, the Indians named Columbus infielder/outfielder Russ Canzler the organization's Minor League Player of the Week for the period of June 17-24. During that stretch, Canzler hit .348 (8-for-23) with two homers, one double and seven RBIs. On the year, Canzler is hitting .274 with nine homers, 16 doubles, 33 runs scored and 38 RBIs at Triple-A.

• The Indians released Columbus utility player Andy LaRoche on Tuesday. LaRoche, who signed a Minor League contract with Cleveland over the offseason, hit .234 with five home runs, five doubles and 16 RBIs in 46 games for Columbus.