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• Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner (on the 15-day disabled list due to a right knee injury) was scheduled to begin a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday. Hafner will likely need a handful of Minor League games under his belt before rejoining Cleveland.

• Triple-A right-hander Zach McAllister is expected to be promoted to Cleveland prior to Thursday's game against the Orioles to start for the Tribe. The Indians (currently carrying eight relievers) will likely option a reliever to the Minors to clear room for McAllister on the active roster.

• Indians catcher Carlos Santana served as the designated hitter for Wednesday's game against the Yankees. Santana, who is currently nursing a sore right rib cage, has hit .156 (14-for-90) in his past 26 games, dating back to May 18. Manager Manny Acta said Santana is working through timing issues at the plate.

• Triple-A Columbus manager Mike Sarbaugh and Clippers infielders Matt LaPorta, Russ Canzler and Cord Phelps have all been selected to the International League All-Star team. This marks the second year in a row that Columbus sent Sarbaugh and three players to the annual showcase. It will be held on July 11 in Buffalo, N.Y.

• The Indians claimed utility player Vinnie Rottino off waivers from the Mets on Wednesday. Rottino, 32, will be assigned to a Minor League affiliate within the next few days. To clear room on the 40-man roster, Cleveland designated righty Chris Schwinden for assignment. Rottino has hit .307 (43-for-140) with four homers, 10 doubles and 25 RBIs in 36 games for Triple-A Buffalo this season. He has hit .182 in 18 games this year for New York.