Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner returned to the starting lineup on Sunday after sitting out Saturday's game with back tightness. Hafner had been bothered by the minor back issue for the past five days. He rejoined the club on Saturday after being on baseball's paternity list for the previous three games.
Indians right-hander Roberto Hernandez was scheduled to start for Class A (Low) Lake County on Sunday, making his third Minor League rehab appearance while serving a three-week suspension for using a false identity (Fausto Carmona). Hernandez will be eligible to rejoin Cleveland's pitching staff on Aug. 11.
Class A (High) Carolina athletic trainer Jeremy Heller has been named the Minor League athletic trainer of the year for the Carolina League by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society. Heller is in his eighth season as a Minor League athletic trainer, working with Carolina for the past three seasons.